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City of Buda Celebrates Municipal Complex Grand Opening
AUG 25, 2018 — The City of Buda celebrated the official grand opening of the new Municipal Complex. The 55,000 square foot facility includes City Administrative Offices, City Council Chambers, the Economic Development Corporation office, community multi-purpose space, and an Emergency Operations Center.
The new Buda Public Library alone is 25,000 square feet. Between the library and multi-purpose meeting space, approximately 40% of the building is public space.
“The biggest thing I think is we have so much meeting space here and the opportunity for citizens to be able to sit down with each other and discuss issues,” Mayor George Haehn said. “The new building will make things a lot easier for everyone. All of our administrative offices are now under one roof. Plus, our new 25,000 square foot library is a focal point of the building. It includes a reading room for kids, study rooms, a large craft room, and additional space for our citizens to enjoy.”
“The new facility will have a tremendous impact on the City of Buda well into the future,“ City Manager Kenneth Williams said. “We built the facility to accommodate growth for the next 25 to 30 years. We could not have done it without the confidence of the citizens. They put the confidence in us to get this project done and now we have gotten it done. We want them to enjoy this project.”
The Municipal Facility was paid for as part of a $55 million dollar bond approved by voters in November of 2014. The bond is comprised of five propositions aimed at improving streets, drainage, parks and trails, municipal facilities, and public safety facilities.
Architect firm Page and general contractor JE Dunn lead the project design and construction.
“It has been JE Dunn’s honor to partner and collaborate with both the City of Buda and A/E Firms, as well as all of our trade partners in order to deliver this instrumental project for the City of Buda,” JE Dunn Senior Project Manager Mark Christopher said. “When we defined the project purpose it was to ‘Enrich the Community of Buda by delivering a welcoming space for all patrons to gather and work.’ I sincerely believe we accomplished this goal. The City of Buda has a landmark space that will serve their growing community for years to come. There was a lot of hard work and determination by so many to make this project a reality, and I’d like to thank everyone who had a hand in helping us make the project a success.”
“By collocating the library and city hall, it opened the door for us to create a large shared common space; it is a room that we like to call the city’s living room,” Page Project Manager Ginny Chilton said. “ It can be used for gatherings before events or for settling in with a cup of coffee and a good read with a view of the trees. There’s no other building like it, because every design decision was inspired by the unique setting, the community and the people of Buda.”
The new City Hall officially opened with full services on Monday, July 23. The new Buda Public Library opened with full services and programs on August 6.