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Miami Will Renovate it's 60-year-old Civic Center

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 After years of headache over a leaky roof, Miami, OK has decided to renovate its Civic Center.

“By being able to reuse the structure that's here. Instead of building a new structure that's going to save money of course,” says Chuck Childs, Director of Community Development.

One of the plans is move the city council chamber to where the banquet hall stands. and to tear down the gym locker rooms and turn them into a multi-use space.

“One of the things we're going to work on here is a detailed space plan. What offices are going to be here…we have a lot of options. The building has been built structurally where we can take out some walls, not load bearing walls, and open it up and have a more open concept,” says Childs.

The city's Facility Supervisor says much of the problems are actually caused below ground. Take a look inside this manhole. You can see all the rust covering the outside edge, the pipe is a little dented, and there's even steam rising from within.

“Things that really stick out to us right now, specifically that it's winter time, is our boiling system. The supply line was replaced several years back, but our return line on our boiling system. There are parts of it that will literally crumble in your hand,” says Facility Supervisor Justin Hilgenberg.

Hilgenberg says he has to let steam out of the system every morning so it doesn't overheat.

Down in the boiler room there are also problems with asbestos on the surface of the pipes and air conditioning system that need attention.

He says fixing all these problems will help to restore people's faith in the city.

“It's just one of those things that it takes away from your sense of pride for the city"

The city's next step is to hire a chief construction manager, and hopes to have the building renovated in about a year and a half.

In Miami, Diane Gerstenfeld KOAM News.

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