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Construction of the Pottawatomie County Administration Building is underway as progress continues on the interior and exterior of the structure that brings a new look to the landscape of downtown Shawnee.

According to District 2 Commissioner Randy Thomas, the project is progressing as workers complete work on the drywall, sprinkler system and electrical work.

“It’s going really well,” he said.

Over the past few months, Lippert Bros Inc. has completed the roof work, electrical work, steel work, and commissioners have chosen the furniture for the building.

The building is expected to be completed in August this year.

Construction is taking place in the parking lot south of the Pottawatomie County Courthouse on North Broadway.

According to District 1 Commissioner Melissa Dennis, as construction of the new building continues, visitors can park behind the courthouse or behind the County Board of Elections office, located at 330 N. Broadway Avenue.

While Lippert Bros, Inc. is the constrictor currently working on the new building, the design for the administration building was created by Rand Elliott Architects.

The new building will have an interior corridor, which will connect the new administration building to the courthouse built in the 1930s, and other site amenities, including terrazzo materials in the building lobby, an interior finish plan, full washroom tiling, building roof lightning protection, cast stone parapet capitals, metal panels over the front entrance, furnishings and a bipolar ionization HVAC.

Thomas said the overall budget for the new building is $6,472,170.

Dennis said the county has been saving for this project for many years and the funds to pay for it come from tax money, which is intended for projects like this.

She said there would be no tax or liability increases of any kind, as the commissioners already have the funds to construct this new county building.

The building will be 20,000 square feet over two stories and will house several county departments, including the County Clerk, County Assessor, County Treasurer, Security, First Floor Public Space, Commissioners of the county, IT staff and will also include a meeting room for commissioners. On the second floor.

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