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Upgrades to continue at Municipal Building

The Fort Dodge Municipal Building will be under construction again next year as the long process of upgrading it continues.

Some extensive interior renovations and the installation of new windows will be completed as a result of contracts awarded Monday by the City Council.

Allers Associates Architects, of Fort Dodge, did the architectural work for both projects.

RoJohn Home Improvement Inc., of Fort Dodge, was awarded a $782,000 contract for the interior renovations.

Much of that work will be done on the west end of the building’s main floor, where the council’s old meeting room is located. That end of the building will be reconfigured to create five offices, a meeting room and an employee breakroom that will also be a small meeting space, according to Ryan Maehl, the assistant director of recreation.

He said on the second floor, the human resources office will be renovated. The meeting room on that floor will be converted into two offices.

The offices of City Manager David Fierke and Jeff Nemmers, the city clerk and finance director, will be moved from the west end of the main floor to the east end this week to prepare for the renovations.

Maehl said the contractor can start Jan. 27 and must be done by November 2020.

Sande Construction and Supply Co. Inc., of Humboldt, was awarded a $263,496 contract for replacing windows and installing new garage doors on the building’s south side.

Maehl said all but one window in the building will be replaced. The lone window that will not be replaced under this contract is on the second floor on the southwest side.

That window is near where the old city jail was. There are still some jail cells there, behind the offices of the Engineering, Business Affairs and Community Growth Department.

Maehl said the jail cells will be eventually be removed and the only way to get them out of the building is through that one window. Therefore, that window will not be replaced until after the jail cells are gone.

The Municipal Building at 819 First Ave. S. was built in 1915.