Town Hall Addition
Town of Castle Rock, CO
Town Hall stands as a landmark to the citizens of Castle Rock. As such, great care was taken in the exterior façade to stylistically integrate the Town Hall Addition with the existing building, coordinate with the newly renovated Festival Park, and match the existing construction materials. The addition serves primarily as office space for the Town’s Planning Services Department, with some allocated to its Finance Department as well. Moving these functions into the addition freed up significant space in the original building for other departments in rental space to move into, with room for all to grow. The interior is very open and light with high ceilings and as much glass as possible.
Sustainable principles, especially those revolving around occupant quality of life, were incorporated into the design. Daylighting and views, indoor air quality, and comfortable, attractive break spaces were of high importance. Responsible water and energy usage were fundamental to equipment selection. Since the Town Hall is central to the Castle Rock government, walkability and accessibility was essential for the entire building and site. During design, it was decided that the entrance to the addition would serve as the public service center for all the Town Hall departments, allowing the remainder of the building to be secured, protecting Town Staff. As the public face of the Town, the lobby was given extra attention in finishes, furniture, art pieces, and even a living plant wall along one side to ensure a friendly and pleasant experience.
Coordination of the construction was also a key matter in this project. Town Hall had to remain open to the public and operational for the duration, and a renovation of adjacent Festival Park was under construction concurrently. Since portions of the construction sites overlapped, each project had to be scheduled and phased intricately to allow both projects to proceed without budget or schedule overruns. The site is landscaped with drought-resistant plants and demonstration planter beds. The south entrance to Festival Park – allowing Town Hall visitors and employees to stroll from one to another – is a key feature of the site design as well.