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Borough hall's efficiency, pssible future uses to be studied

March 02, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An Allentown, Pa., firm has been hired to look at Chambersburg's borough hall to see how it can be used more efficiently.

The Chambersburg Borough Council voted Monday night to hire W2A Design Group to provide architectural and engineering services for the study at a cost not to exceed $4,850. The company will evaluate the building's heating, air-conditioning, electrical, lighting, plumbing, fire protection, technology and communications systems at an additional fee of $2,500.

Assistant Borough Manager David Finch said the study will look at issues such as redesigning the space used by the police department, Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility, historic preservation and the storage of equipment and data.

Borough hall, Finch said, has a third floor, but it is "virtually unused." The problem is accessibility because the only way to the third floor is by a small stairwell.

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The building has an elevator, but it only goes up to the second floor, he said. Whether the third floor can be made accessible at a reasonable cost will be one item the study examines, he said.

Finch said other concerns include the building's aging heating, air-conditioning and ventilation system.

W2A Design Group has 70 days to complete the studies, Finch said.

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