NextGen Municipal Building Renovation Project
Starting in 2021 and going through 2022, the Township of Upper St. Clair will renovate the Municipal Building at 1820 McLaughlin Run Rd. Among the benefits will be much needed physical improvements to the Upper St. Clair Library and Police Department.
Project planning began in 2018 after the Upper St. Clair School District announced its plans to move out the the Municipal Building. Over the next year, Township staff studied multiple options for the use of the available space. At the direction of the Board of Commissioners, staff developed a conceptual plan in 2019 to reallocate the vacated space for Township use with an emphasis on improving the layout, providing operational efficiencies and enhancing the experience of residents and the public as they engage with the Township.
The project and its anticipated funding were included in the 2020 budget, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After a temporary pause, progress resumed in late 2020 and the project was adopted into the 2021 budget. In February 2021, the Board of Commissioners authorized a 20-year bond issue to finance the project. The renovation project is estimated to cost roughly $8 million.
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The Municipal Building Renovation Project will shift the Kids Library to the second floor. A new, enclosed bridge will connect the Adult and Kids Libraries together. The new design will address the issues of accessibility, restroom facilities, security and more. Parents and caretakers will enjoy the ADA-compliant restroom included within the Kids Library area. A new children's program room will include state-of-the-art technology, lockable storage and a workspace with a water supply for crafting projects. A new library entrance will be level with the parking lot. Most of the existing third floor space will be reconfigured into a combination of meeting rooms, study rooms and community space, with access to an outdoor rooftop courtyard.
Above: View of the building's rear showing the addition to the Police Department on the left and the Library addition at the center, which bridges the nonfiction section of the current Adults Library to the former school district wing (future Kids Library).
Main Entrance Visitor Hub
The main entrance facing McLaughlin Run Road will now serve as a hub for visitors during business hours. Instead of just having access to the Tax Office and Administration area, the visitor hub will add the primary entrances to the Police Department and the Department of Planning & Community Development.
Above: View of the Municipal Building's front entrance showing the addition to the Police Department.
Police Department Expansion
The Upper St. Clair Police Department will receive a much-needed expansion and modernization during the Municipal Building Renovation Project. A new Police Department entrance will be constructed in the main entrance visitor hub. A receptionist will greet the public during business hours in the new waiting area. New garages will be built for police vehicles. Updated technology will be installed in the dispatch center and the police conference room, and the officers' locker rooms will be expanded and modernized.
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In the late 1950s, the original shell of the Municipal Building was constructed -- a small facility housing the Police Department and Public Works. In May 1969, the first major addition to the project was dedicated to include space for the Township offices, the Upper St. Clair School District administrative offices, the Library and the Post Office. The last major physical reconfiguration to the Municipal Building was done as part of "Project 2000," a label coined in the early 1980s when the next several decades of the building's use was being planned. That project completed in August 1987 and included an addition for the Library and reallocation of the administrative and police space. Beginning in 2010, the Township began a series of phased renovations to incorporate functional efficiencies, cosmetic enhancements, upgraded equipment and other improvements. Now, nearly 40 years after planning for "Project 2000," the opportunity is here to plan the building's use for decades to come.
- June 2019: The Board of Commissioners approved the 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Program, including plans for the NextGen Renovation Project to take place is 2020-2021.
- September 2019: Upper St. Clair School District administration moved out of the Municipal Building.
- December 2019: The Board of Commissioners approved the 2020 budget, including anticipated bond fuding for the NextGen Renovation Project.
- March 2020: The NextGen Renovation Project was temporarily put on hold due to the staff's need to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the community.
- June 2020: The Board of Commissioners approved the 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Program, moving the NextGen Renovation Project timeline to 2021-2022.
- November 2020: Progress on the NextGen Renovation Project resumed.
- November 2020: The Township was awarded a $750,000 grant for the Library portion of the project through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's 2020 Keystone Grant for Public Library Facilities program.
- December 2020: The Township was awarded a $250,000 grant for the Library poriton of the project through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's 2020 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.
- December 2020: The Board of Commissioners approved the 2021 budget including the anticipated bond funding for the NextGen Renovation Project.
- February 1, 2021: The Board of Commissioners approved a 20-year bond issue to provide funding for several capital projects, primarily the NextGen Renovation Project. The $14 million bond issue was settled on March 25, 2021.
- February 22, 2021: Public presentation of NextGen Renovation Project plans and timeline during a Special Meeting of the Board of Commissioners (6:15 p.m.).
- June 1, 2021: Public presentation of NextGen Renovation Project plans and timeline during the Informational & General Affairs Meeting of the Board of Commissioners (7:30 p.m.). Click here for a copy of the presentation document.
- August 24, 2021: Construction bid opening (9:00 a.m.).
- September 7, 2021: Construction bids awarded at the Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting (7:30 p.m.).
- Late-September 2021 through November 2022: Anticipated construction time period.
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More Project Illustrations
Above: Aerial view showing the open courtyard atop the Library addition as well as the Police Department addition (upper left of the image).
Above: Aerial view showing two additions in relation to the current main entrance to the Library.
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