Officials and employees are able to work more efficiently now that work on Phase 2 of the Denton County Administrative Complex on Loop 288 is done.
Work on the complex began in 2011 in an effort to bring the departments and offices scattered throughout Denton under one roof. With a last-minute spot inspection finished and a ribbon-cutting ceremony performed Tuesday, current work can continue and officials can look ahead to Phase 3.
“We have a very nice facility over here. Our buildings are green buildings and energy efficient,” said facilities manager Danny Brumley.
“Just the day-to-day operations … it’s way, way better. We’re very excited to be here.”
He noted in particular some of the training rooms available to the information technology department and the elections office.
Hunt Construction workers are combing the building now working on punch-list items, Brumley said.
“Whenever you are done with a job and you walk through to inspect, it’s items found after the last inspection,” he said. “You need to touch up this wall or a light fixture is not working.”
In September 2012, the first phase was completed. The health department, Women, Infants and Children nutrition program and Child Protective Services took up residence in the buildings. In the second phase, adult probation, elections, technology services, game warden and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s local office moved into the five-building, $32 million site situated on 17.26 acres.
The complex features a large central plant for cooling and heating, which is expected to save the county money over the long run. Structures that resemble big grain silos will collect rain runoff to be used for lawn sprinklers, helping to save more on utilities, officials said.
County construction manager Michael Tubiolo said that having all of the departments on one campus was a big help for those who work together often, such as the technology and facilities groups, which are now across the parking lot from each other.
Work on Phase 3 is on the horizon, Tubiolo said.
“We’re supposed to start that design next spring. It is supposed to take 12 months to design and about 18 to build,” he said.
Phase 3 will add a new commissioners’ courtroom as well as relocation of the purchasing department, accounts payable, the county auditor, budget department, human resources and agriculture extension office, bringing nearly all facets of the county to the campus.
“There are some exceptions. All the sheriff’s department and jail will stay where they are at and the satellite offices, we will still have those,” Tubiolo said. “The tax office will stay where it’s at. Other than that, everyone will move over here.”
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