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Final Quarter:
Only a Few Months Left
- Don Mosier | Rimini Road

The work on the new City Hall and Town Hall exterior finishes is nearing completion, and it is now easy to envision what the final project will look like. The stucco and ipe wood siding is nearly complete on both buildings, most windows are installed, and the standing seam metal roof is being installed. Wallboard is going up in the City Hall, and the individual spaces are now better defined. The new lobby is spacious and offers superb westerly views of the ocean. The planter areas are finished in most of the plaza area, although the northeast corner at 11th Street and Camino Del Mar is being used as a construction access point and will be completed later. A new sidewalk with parking pullouts is being completed along Camino Del Mar, and the ipe wood trellis north of the elevator tower is near completion. The project remains on schedule and on budget.

View of the front of Town Hall looking northwest. The elevator tower and new trellis are visible at the right center of the picture. Steel roofing panels for the new standing seam metal roof are stacked in the foreground. The matte champagne color was chosen to reflect UV light and enhance the cooling by the natural ventilation from ocean breezes, one of the many sustainable features of this project.

Interior view of the Town Hall roof illuminated by the setting sun. The window frames at the bottom of the picture face Camino Del Mar and await final installation of their glass. The support design was inspired by the needles of the Torrey Pine tree.

Detailed view of the ipe wood siding at the entrance to the breezeway between the Town Hall (right of picture) and City Hall (not visible to the left). The siding has been installed with stainless steel screens and stands proud of the weatherproofed surface to provide better air circulation and sound attenuation. Also called Brazilian walnut, ipe (pronounced ee-pay) wood is typically found in South America and some parts of Central America, and is sustainably harvested. It is one of the densest hardwoods available, three times harder than cedar. Ipe has the same fire rating as concrete and steel, meaning it resists flames much longer than softer woods, and is so dense that it doesn’t float in water.

Photos Don Mosier. Click photos to enlarge.




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