Mary Ellen Rudisel-Jordan, president at Scearce Rudisel-Architects Inc., has provided pictorial renderings of what Warsaw’s new city hall will look like when it completes, and details some of the special features of the building.
In the first photo, which is a view from the northeast, Rudisel-Jordan notes that the existing marble was saved and will be cleaned and tuck pointed. The marble is a natural material which will be long lasting.
The third floor formerly had windows, which have been re-opened to add natural light into the upper floor. The architect adds that new copper colored metal panels are a “green energy” panel manufactured in Holland, Mich.
The new canopies provide shelter for persons entering and leaving the building and the rain water from the canopies spills into the downtown planters.
Other accents added to the exterior are an insulating finishing system that aids in making the building more energy efficient.
In the second photo (below) which is a view from the northwest, you can see the new plaza area on the west side which will accommodate parking for 45 vehicles and be used for special occasions, such as First Friday, the Farmer’s Market, car shows, and other downtown events.
The new patio is for employee lunch breaks, but Rudisel-Jordan says it was also designed to be a stage for community activities.
New planters, benches, landscaping and shade trees offer “a pleasant sense of place on direct axis with the beautiful historic Courthouse,” she adds.
Inside, the new city hall features an all new heating and cooling system which is state-of-the-art and provides individualized comfort and cost saving energy efficiency.
The new lobby and council rooms are expected to be used by the community for various activities. There is room for displays of community events and information.
The city is saving energy and protecting the environment with LED light fixtures and recycled content in the interior finish materials, says Rudisel-Jordan.
All work is expected to be finished by mid-November. An open house will be planned for a later date.