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Committee Chooses Fargo City Hall Design

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The Fargo City Hall building committee narrowed their options on Wednesday for the design of the new city hall. Two options were presented by TL Stroh Architects and Interiors.

Architect Terry Stroh said they presented two options to the building committee. Option 1 includes a three-story structure that would house city departments and offices. An atrium will be on the west side of that structure, with commission chambers to the west of the atrium.

Option 2 would include a two-story building and four-story building with a four-story atrium in between. The atrium would split the office space and those on the top two floors would be able to look through the atrium to the Red River.

Stroh describes Option 2 as more "dramatic" or "iconic" but says it would likely cost much more. He added that Option 1, though more simplified, will come with a lower price tag and less construction issues.

After a lot of discussion about the two options, the committee chose to move forward with Option 1. The building committee is still talking with individual departments for feedback on the design of the new city hall and will be working on organizing the departments in this new layout.

The committee and the architects are also looking at options for parking and green space around city hall.  Stroh says they are looking at putting a pedestrian green space in the plaza between the Fargo Civic Center and public library to the river. That would take away opportunities for parking above ground, but Stroh says they are looking into underground parking options, as well as adding more parking to the south of city hall.

The city is budgeting approximately $15 million for the new building. Design for the building is estimated to be complete by summer with construction taking until about November 2015.

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