BATAVIA – There are 96 windows peering out from the imposing limestone walls of the Batavia Government Center.
Between now and the end of 2019, all those windows will be replaced as part of planned renovations for the historic City Hall building. The Batavia City Council approved a $1.1 million contract for the window project at its Aug. 7 meeting.
The work, to be performed by Schramm Construction Corp. of St. Charles, also includes tuckpointing of the building’s masonry, replacement of about half the limestone windowsills and new blinds for all the windows.
The three-story building, constructed in 1901 from locally quarried limestone, originally was home to the Appleton Manufacturing Company, one of Batavia’s legendary windmill makers. The building houses city offices, including the police department.
The windows are in poor condition.
“Some of them leak like a sieve,” Public Works Director Gary Holm said.
The new exterior window frames will have aluminum cladding, Holm said, while the interior will be made of pinewood. The large window panes will feature a decorative etching in a simple rectangular pattern.
The lower portion of the windows will open with an awning operation, Holm said.
The project will get underway immediately, Holm said, but is being parceled out until the end of 2019 in order to spread out the cost across three city budget years.
Meanwhile, construction documents are being drawn for a major interior renovation of the building.
The key to the plan is the creation of a large public reception area on the ground floor, providing direct access to the utility billing department, which would move from its current office on the second floor.
The plan also includes revamped office spaces and conference rooms on the first and second floors, as well as new restrooms and staircases.
Work on the first phase of that project, which would span two budget years, is estimated at $450,000.