Work to fix Atascadero’s historic City Administration Building has reached its halfway point as engineers wrap up the structural reinforcement phase of the project.
“It’s a real milestone — shifting from structural repair to all the architectural and mechanical pieces,” said project manager Dan Huff of Bernard’s Construction.
The four-story building was damaged in the 2003 San Simeon Earthquake and is slated to reopen in 2013 for Atascadero’s centennial.
The project, which started in 2010, has included raising the 1917 building and drilling steel pipes filled with concrete into the bedrock below to strengthen the foundation.
The basement floor is now being poured over the new base and is expected to be complete this week, he added.
Reinforcements were then inserted in the walls through the third floor to tie the reinforcements all together, Huff said.
Next up, crews will use the scaffolding set up around the outside of the building to remove and repair loose brick, clean it and prepare to install a perfect match of new and original clay tile on the rotunda.
On the inside, systems will be added such as fire sprinklers, electrical, plumbing and the heating and cooling system.
Artistic architectural details, such as repainting the interior dome, are scheduled to begin at the end of summer.
The building most recently housed city offices, City Council chambers and the Atascadero Historical Society museum before it closed after the earthquake.
It has a rich history of various uses dating from the early 1900s, including as a public library, post office, civic center and three private schools.