In a series of improvements to the Municipal Building, this
project was to develop a larger venue for council meetings and
other public events. The original fire station bays on the
ground level were the perfect location for this purpose. The
original spiral stairs at the back of the fire station bays were
preserved in the design. While not usable to the public, the
spiral stairs are on display as a conversation piece for visitors
and are located adjacent to the new elevated walkway to the
main floor of the building. The overhead door bays were infilled
with walls and trimmed out to resemble the original side
folding panel doors.
An elevator was added to the building’s south face to make
both floors of the building accessible. The elevator leads to a
new elevated walkway at the rear of the council chambers
space which connects to the first floor level of the building.
Accessible off-street parking spaces were also developed as
part of the project sitework south of the building.
Project: Council Chambers and Elevator Addition - Fort Dodge Municipal Building
Location: Fort Dodge, Iowa
Architect: Allers Associates Architects, PC
Consultants: KCL Engineering
Contractor: Sande Construction and Supply (general), Winger Mechanical (mechanical), Baker Electric (electrical)
Completed: July, 2016
Area: 2,850 Square Feet