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$479,000 Community Center project completed

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Completion of the recent $479,000 renovation of the Cherokee Community Center is in the final stages, with improvements made in the heating, cooling, electrical, and sound systems; windows and doors replacement with the accent on increased insulation; handicap-accessible exterior; refurbished roof; and other related amenities securing the future of the popular Community Center. Photo by Mike Leckband
The estimated $400,000 renovation of the Cherokee Community Center is now complete, pending finishing touches on a few minor details, according to City Hall officials.

The extensive project ended up costing $479,000, including construction change orders, with $400,000 of that generated by the City selling General Obligation (G.O.) Bonds, and $10,000 realized from a Legacy Foundation Grant for heating and air conditioning work at the Community Center.

A breakdown on how those funds were spent shows $240,000 for total renovation of the heating, cooling, and electrical systems; $83,000 for demolition, painting, insulation, general contractor and Bond requirements; $61,000 for doors, windows, siding, and drywall; $55,000 for exterior handicap ramps and entryway improvements; $31,000 for roof repair; and $9,000 for theater lighting and sound systems.

According to City Administrator Don Eikmeier, the renovation project already is starting to pay off, with recent utility bills at the Community Center nearly cut in half compared to past winters.

The City Council and architects paid special consideration to utilizing improved energy efficiency in the new heating, cooling, and electrical systems, including sufficient insulation and weather-tight doors and windows.

Haselhoff Construction of Cherokee was general contractor for the project and all subcontractors were also local, according to City Hall.

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