EDMOND — Patients used to get shots and have their throats checked inside the building at 7 N Broadway. Soon, people in Edmond will be able to pay their utility bills and apply for a job there.
What was once the downtown medical office of Dr. Ralph Payne and Dr. Wallace Coyner is being renovated to house about 50 city employees who must move from the administration building at 23 First St.
The administration building, once a parking garage, is being torn down to make room for a new public safety center.
Renovations started in November on the building, located to the north of Simply Southwest or what was once Jim's Pharmacy.
The brick medical office building was in the center of several additions, with a single roof covering the entire structure.
The outside of the brick building will not be disturbed in the renovation that is expected to be completed in February, said Ross VanderHamm, finance director and city clerk.
The building, which takes up nearly the entire block, was used by the Hope Center and an oil company after the clinics closed, said Pat Peters, who works with Bob Weiss, he building's owner.
Utility customer service and the finance department, which includes purchasing, payroll, treasury, accounting staff and human resources, will move into the 13,000-square-foot building.
City officials will pay nearly $20,000 a month to rent the building for up to five years. They are paying $360,000 for tenant improvements.
Eric Grabowski, general contractor for Lippert Bros. in Oklahoma City, said the entire building had to be gutted down to the slab floor. He said an average of 20 people a day is working on the renovation project.
“It was an old building with multiple additions,” Grabowski said. “It will look completely different.”
Work stations being built for the downtown rented space can be moved once a permanent location is found for the financial and human resources departments.
Also in the works
A building at the southwest corner of Danforth Road and Broadway will be the new, permanent home of 16 information technology employees and more than $1 million worth of technology equipment.
City officials purchased the 6,240-square-foot building at 1273 N Broadway for $869,325. The building, constructed in 2008, was not finished out when the city made the purchase, said Kevin Carr, information technology director.
Information technology employees and all of the city's equipment are now in three locations throughout the city.
A safe room is being constructed inside the building where all the servers and core network switches will be located.
“All of the equipment will be here inside a concrete safe room inside a concrete building,” Carr said. “This will be the safest place in Edmond.
“It is really cool. We are really looking forward to it.”