EDMOND — Rolling carts holding boxes and books wrapped in plastic were pushed into the city's new home for the information technology department on Monday.
Movers unloaded a trailer while 16 information technology employees figured out what went where in their new offices at 1273 N Broadway.
“We knew it would be a crazy day,” said Shawn Akin, a client systems support analyst. “We are really excited to have our own space. The staff has grown and grown.”
This will be the first time the entire department has been in the same building.
A dozen of the employees moved out of the administration building, 100 E First St., which will be torn down to make room for the new public safety center.
Others worked in the Downtown Community Center, while more than $1 million of information technology equipment was housed at another location.
Monday marked the start of the move of some 60 city employees to make way for the demolition of city buildings to provide enough land for the new public safety center in downtown Edmond.
The other employees are expected to move Wednesday to 7 N Broadway, a building that has been renovated and will be leased by the city for up to five years.
Customers can pay their utility bills, employees can check on payroll issues, and applicants can check on a job at 7 N Broadway, known as the Hargrove building.
Purchasing, payroll, treasury, accounting staff and human resources will temporarily operate out of this building.
One of the best aspects of the 6,240-square-foot information technology building is a concrete and steel room where the city's computer servers will eventually be located behind a steel door.
“By moving, we take a new physical level of security,” said Kevin Carr, information technology director. “We made do in the old building. This brings us to another level.”
If the building is ever destroyed, Carr said, the safe room for the servers would not be harmed.
The building, constructed in 2008, was not finished when the city bought it for $869,325.
Over the weekend, three city workers spent 10 hours running 160 cables that will operate the information technology equipment.
“This is something we have not had,” Carr said. “It has been rather cramped. It is exciting.”
Carr projected his department would be up and running by the end of the workday Monday.
“This is not as painful as people think,” said Steve Hudson, the city's infrastructure support manager.