Building’s design promotes flexibility, saves county money

Photo by Gretel Daugherty—Tom Fisher, regional services director for Mesa County, describes the layout of how the interior of the new 53,000-square-foot county Central Services Facility will be arranged when finished inside the now-gutted building. The facility will be one-half offices and one-half warehouse, according to Fisher.

When Mesa County bought the former City Market warehouse in downtown Grand Junction last summer, it did so both for reasons of convenience and financial savings. Officials could consolidate several departments and offices in one location and save money on rent.

Those same factors drove how the county designed the 53,000-square-foot building at 105 W. Colorado Ave.

Eschewing the traditional configuration of floor-to-ceiling walls and private offices, the county created an open concept for its so-called Central Services Facility that will allow employees to adjust more quickly and easily to changes in staffing and duties and trim county utility bills.

“We have a way to make our spaces more flexible, and at the same time we’ll realize some savings now and in the future,” said Dave Detwiler, project manager for the county’s Facilities and Parks Department.

The $7 million project will bring to the Central Services Facility: the county Public Works and Planning departments currently housed at 750 Main St.; motor-vehicle-registration office spaces leased at Mesa Mall; and warehouse space leased for supplemental food programs and emergency medical supplies. The county will sell the Main Street building and end its leases at the mall and various warehouses.

Rather than drywall, metal frames, oak doors and ducts serving multiple offices, the facility will feature cubicles and 5-foot-high glass panels with built-in power and data management systems. That type of design allows air and light to disperse more freely through the building, reducing heating, cooling and lighting costs, Detwiler said.

Another benefit is the ability to move workstations around as employee numbers rise or drop.

“When that department changes or staffing is different, it’s as simple as taking apart those panels,” Detwiler said. “You don’t have to do any heating or cooling changes.”

Construction in the interior of the facility should begin in the next two months and finish by the end of the year. Employees will move in and the building should open to the public sometime soon after that.

Detwiler said the county instituted a similar interior design for the county’s Regional Transportation Planning Office at Sixth Street and South Avenue.


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