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New Tippecanoe County office building inching closer to completion

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New Tippecanoe County office building inching closer to completion

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Work is wrapping up on what will soon be home to new space for several Tippecanoe County offices.

On Monday, some of the employees got a sneak peek of their new work areas.

"It's a huge difference and you can really see. Wow," said Purdue Extension 4-H Educator Dee Nicely. "This is really happening."

Things looked a lot different the last time Nicely was in what will soon house several county offices.

"We came over and everything was still being roughed in," she explained.

As we've reported, the former YMCA building is getting renovated to be the home of the county health department and the Purdue Extension Office.

Right now, the extension office is on Sagamore Parkway near the Tippecanoe Mall

Nicely said the new location is a lot more convenient, especially when it comes to the 4-H fair.

"You know, if more materials are needed or, possibly, not all of the staff will have to physically move to the fairgrounds next year because we will be so close," Dee said.

That's not the only benefit of the new space.

"Right now, I actually share an office with a counterpart, and we get our own offices when we move here," said Dee. "So, that's exciting."

However, the process hasn't smooth sailing the entire time.

Project Manager Stacy Abernathy said they went through some of the same pandemic struggles as other builders.

"Prices went up on a lot of materials," Stacy explained. "Metal studs, drywall, hard to get was drywall mud, insulation. Those kinds of things."

Despite those challenges, the offices will be ready for use by the end of this year, and Nicely is looking forward to the partnerships it could create.

"With having the health department here, there might be some things can partner together, especially for youth or for families," Dee said.

Starting Sept. 30, the building will be the new home to the county's COVID-19 vaccine clinic which will be housed in the building's gymnasium.

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