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Batavia wants to study condition of Batavia Government Center

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:30 p.m. CST
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(Eric Schelkopf – eschelkopf@shawmedia.com)
Batavia aldermen are looking to hire an architectural firm to assess the condition of the Batavia Government Center at 100 N. Island Ave. The Batavia Government Center is housed in the former Appleton windmill factory, which was built in 1901.

BATAVIA – City officials want to make sure the building that houses the Batavia Government Center lasts another 100 years.

Aldermen are looking to hire an architectural firm that will do a comprehensive condition assessment report on the Batavia Government Center complex at 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia.

The Batavia Government Center is located in the former Appleton windmill factory, which was built in 1901.

“The building has lasted a long time really well,” Batavia Water and Sewer Division Superintendent John Dillon told aldermen during Tuesday’s Joint Committee of the Whole meeting. “We need to make sure this building will last another 100 years hopefully.”

The Batavia Government Center houses city offices, the City Council Chambers, the Batavia Police Department and The Albright Theatre Company.

The firm selected will look at the condition of the whole building, Dillon said. Officials already know that the aging windows in the building need to be improved or replaced, he said.

“We don’t know of anything more serious right now with the building,” Dillon said.

City staff members have interviewed four architectural firms vying to do the work – Chicago-based BauerLatoza Studio, DeKalb-based Sharp Architects, Batavia-based Kluber Architects and Allen and Pepa Architects, which has offices in Aurora and South Elgin and previously was based in Batavia.

Aldermen on Tuesday said they would like to see one of the two local firms – Kluber Architects and Allen and Pepa Architects – do the assessment report on the Batavia Government Center. They want to see staff make a recommendation to the City Council on which firm should get the job.

“As far as I am concerned, all four of them are qualified,” 2nd Ward Alderman Marty Callahan said. “I don’t know what separates one from the other.”

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