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West Lafayette city officials move forward with Morton Center renovations

The city confirmed Garmong as the city hall construction manager and Axis as the architect. Both companies are Indianapolis-based.

Posted: Nov 28, 2018 5:21 PM
Updated: Nov 28, 2018 6:30 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - West Lafayette City officials confirmed the architects and constructor for the Morton Center renovation on Wednesday morning. The City Hall staff is preparing to begin moving to Happy Hollow Elementary on December 17th.

Erik Carlson is the Development Director for West Lafayette. He said they will have a desk ready to help community members on that day, however they won’t be fully moved into the former school until January 4th.

The city confirmed Garmong as the city hall construction manager and Axis as the architect. Both companies are Indianapolis-based.

The Morton Center, built in 1929, is on the National Historical Registry list. As construction begins, Carlson said maintaining the historical integrity of the landmark is a top priority.

A big aspect of that is focusing on the exterior of the building.

“The new windows that go in place of the original are fitting of the era and of the building and we should be able to maintain our national register status,” he said. “But the interior will look vastly different.”

He said the emptying of the former elementary school came at a perfect opportunity for the city, and putting the building back into use is advantageous for both the school district and the city.

It will also give many of the departments a chance to acclimate to being back under the same roof.

“It will allow us to bring in the other aspects of City Hall that haven't been in this building with us over the last four years," he said.

A few of those missing departments include parks and recreation, finance, IT, and the facilities director.

Carlson says they hope to be back to work in the Morton Center by the fall of 2020.

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