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West Jordan Journal

October eyed for City Hall completion

Mar 31, 2023 02:31PM ● By Travis Barton

The council chambers, seen here last summer, needed further work to improve its fire rating. (File photo City Journals)

Due to delays in various materials, West Jordan City Hall’s final completion is anticipated for October, Public Services Director Isaac Astill told the City Council in February. 

City Hall, under remodel since 2021, will need extra time, Astill explained, because of certain parts not being available. 

He noted there are three major electrical components, including the eight-by-eight main panel that houses six breaker systems, that may not arrive until late September. 

Astill said they looked at other ways of limiting the delay through on-site testing or acquiring the necessary equipment through other vendors. 

“There is not an opportunity to do that sooner,” he said, noting there are three primary vendors for these components, and none have the required parts. 

“The good news is that the rest of the building will be done sometime in July, but we will be waiting on these components,” he told the council. 

There were two other long-term delayed items Astill reported to the council. The arrival of 16 doors for the second floor are expected in six months, though Astill said they saved the existing doors and can use those in the meantime. 

The second delay is five or six months on the coils for the chiller system. They had to be upgraded, Astill said, when they found piping issues for the circulation system. 

“We’re doing everything we can to look at other options and identify if there are resources,” he said. 

Finally, he noted there will be a $115,000 change order for the fire rating in the council chambers. When the ceiling was opened, the fire rating—way of determining how much time a passive fire protection system can withstand a fire—didn’t reach the roof of the building. Due to the angles and equipment on one side of the building, it made the project bid quite expensive. 

“These are all items, for the most part, not foreseen,” Astill told the council, later adding that it won’t cost the city more money to continue renting its current building since that is already set with the state through October. 

In other public service news, Utilities Manager Greg Davenport told the council about Jan. 31 when temperatures well into the single digits froze pipes and even a hydrant. By 11 a.m. that day Davenport said they received 35 complaints of no water and four breaks. 

“I can’t say enough good things about our crews, all of those repairs were responded to that day,” he said. 

Davenport highlighted an instance where two operators went to a house with four individuals who didn’t speak English and tried to instruct them on how to thaw their line. They later returned with someone who spoke Spanish to explain it to them and even returned the next day to see if they fixed the problem. 

“The utility group does really care about the customers we serve,” he said.