316 N. 26th St. - The future home of City Hall
The former federal courthouse at 316 N. 26th St. in downtown Billings, is the future home of city hall offices. Departments located in the new city hall will include Parks, Finance, Municipal Court, City Attorney, Code Enforcement, Parking, Police Department, Community Development, Facilities Management, Public Works (engineers, technicians, and inspectors), Planning, City Council Chambers, the mayor's office,
Human Resources, Administration, City Clerk and I.T.
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The new city hall is on track to be complete in August of 2024.
Fire sprinkler rough-in on 2nd floor is now complete and the 1st floor has started.
Progress was made with framing.
Installing duct and VAV’s continues.
Restroom plumbing is complete. The waste and vent inspection is finished and got the sign-off.
Overhead electrical on 5th floor and 4th floor wall rough-in continued.
Curtain wall framing in the council chambers is now complete.
More HVAC penetrations were cut through the roof.
The roof curbs, which are frames used to secure the HVAC system, were set.
The crew started hanging sheetrock on the north and west walls of the council chambers. Additional framing will also take place along these walls.
Wall rough-in for plumbing is making good progress.
The variable air volume portion of the HVAC system is fully installed. The hydronic lines, which will use fluids to distribute heating and cooling throughout the building, are being welded into place.
The first shipment of hollow metal door frames is installed.
Progress on the electrical wall rough-in on the 5th and 4th floors continues.
Backing for cabinets and other wall-mounted equipment was being installed on the 4th and 5th floors.
Ductwork and a variable air volume system are being installed.
Wall framing continued and fire sprinkler rough-in will start this week.
HVAC rough-in is as far as it can go until Variable Air Value systems arrive.
Wall framing continued with good progress.
HVAC rough-in got started.
The framing layout for door openings and columns is close to being complete.
Window Replacement Update
After a series of in-depth conversations, site meetings, vendor meetings, and scenarios, we have received good direction to move forward. JLG and CDA along with our Historical Registration Consultant, Lesley Gilmore, assembled a series of options to address the window conditions:
1. Remove, refurbish, and reinstall existing units on floors 2 to 5
2. Remove and replace with new units floors 2 to 5
3. Replace Glazing on 1st floor in existing frames
With Dick Anderson’s coordination, we developed initial budgets and timeframes for these options. This information was then assembled into a report for the State Historical Preservation Officer that reviewed and ultimately relayed his recommendation for replacement and the information to the Federal National Parks. The National Parks agent agreed the replacement was acceptable and has precedence of similar window units being replaced in compliance with NPS Guidelines and a qualified expense for tax credits. We received this notification on July 31.
Over the next two weeks, JLG and CDA are proceeding with drawings and specifications to identify this scope that will then be handed to DAC for pricing in August. If bids are in alignment, we anticipate final ordering no later than the end of September to keep on the original construction schedule.
Soffit repair is almost finished on the east side of the building.
5th floor updates:
Plumbing wall rough-in is now underway.
Electrical wall rough-in continues along with mechanical ductwork. The variable air volume boxes for the HVAC system are expected to arrive this week.
4th floor updates:
The crew started framing.
2nd floor updates:
Layout for door openings also began this week.
On the 4th floor...
The layout for door openings and column framing is near complete.
Layout for new duct work is underway, along with the installation of hangers for the new duct.
On the 5th floor...
As framing progresses, so does the electrical wall rough-in.
HVAC work continues.
More plumbing demo was completed along with getting some holes core drilled for the new pipe.
Four concrete patches now fill the space where pipe bollards were removed.
The soffit is being patched back in on the east side of the building.
Most of the metal stud framing on the 5th floor is almost complete, and the new duct work is moving right along. This floor is also getting ready for cable trays, so the crew began installing hangers on the east side.
Two chilled water lines and a steam line in the 5th floor fan room were cut and capped without interrupting the 3rd floor, which is where several Yellowstone County offices are located.
The layout of full-height wall and door openings began on the 4th floor. In order to get ready for ductwork on this floor, duct hanger installation began.
The process of bringing in lines for the electrical box also saw progress.
A few remaining demo items were completed as well as removing some existing pipe bollards at the north and south sides of the building.