Extensive renovations to Leander’s Pat Bryson Municipal Hall are nearly complete. The facility now houses five city departments — Municipal Court, Economic Development, Building Permits/Inspections and Engineering and Planning — under one roof, improving efficiency and security for city staff.
The City Council approved funding in 2015 to relocate Fire Station 1 and begin the design process for the repurposing of the Fire Station and renovation of Pat Bryson Hall. City staff worked with BRW Architects and Swinerton Builders to complete the project.
“I enjoyed the process of creatively repurposing a fire station into office space,” said Assistant City Manager Tom Yantis. “I also enjoyed having all of the departments come together in the new space.”
More than 15,000 square feet of space was made available during the renovation and the relocation of Fire Station 1 allows better response times to areas in the northwest part of the city.
The city’s municipal court judge and five court employes, along with 40 Development Services staff members have also moved into the new space.
Yantis said that with court regularly in session in the Pat Bryson building’s council chambers, the team will remain connected and operating in top order.
“The most important aspect of this project is that it has created a more streamlined process for people involved in the development process in Leander,” said Yantis. “Previously, we had our Development Services departments (Building Permits/Inspection, Engineering and Planning) in three different buildings. That was inefficient for customers and staff. Having everyone in the same building has made it easier for our customers and more productive for our staff.”
Funding was included in the 2016 certificate of obligation bond sale, with a budget of $2,872,857. The total cost of the project was $2,750,258, delivering the project under budget by 4.2 percent.
“Other benefits to the community include the new technology that was added to the City Council Chamber that allows video of our Council meetings to be broadcast over the web,” said Yantis.
In addition to consolidating staff into one building, collaborative workstations, new city conference rooms with presentation-style technology and state-of-the-art video, audio and security equipment production capabilities within the council chambers were installed.
The city’s General Services Manager Joy Simonton, Information Technology Manager Paul Preston, Public Information Officer Michael Neu, City Secretary Dara Crabtree and Building Official Linda Alger also worked on the project.