City of Columbus Dedicates New Downtown Office Building To Former Mayor Michael B. Coleman
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and the City of Columbus named a new Downtown office building after the city’s longest serving mayor. The Michael B. Coleman Government Center, located at 111 N. Front St., is part of the City of Columbus Government Municipal Campus vision that includes City Hall, police headquarters and a renovated office building at 77 Marconi St.
“Much of the city’s success today can be traced directly to the courage and leadership of Mayor Coleman,” said Mayor Ginther. “His vision catapulted Columbus to a top-tier city. I am proud to name the newest downtown building after him.”
Coleman said he is thrilled and humbled by the naming honor. “I always dreamed of Columbus having a downtown campus of city government buildings,” he said. “Not only is that vision becoming a reality, but it will bear my name. I simply do not have the words to express my gratitude.”
The eight-story, 180,000 square foot office building realizes the long-standing vision to create a “one-stop shop” concept that consolidates four City departments: Building & Zoning Services, Public Service, Development and a portion of Public Utilities. Bringing these departments together into one location will create streamlined convenience for residents requiring assistance from multiple departments on one visit. The departments will begin moving into the building in March.
The campus exterior features a central campus green with pathways connecting buildings, seating, lighting, art and a rain garden.
Local artist Adam Brouillette aligned a program of artists to incorporate original work into the design of the building.
Just north of the Government Center at 141 N. Front St., is a new eight-story, 700 car parking garage to provide the City Hall campus additional parking resources for city employees, city fleet vehicles and customers.
Design of the building was done through a partnership with DesignGroup and Schooley Caldwell Associates. MKSK was responsible for landscape architecture, and Messer Construction was the project’s general contractor. The total cost of the building and garage was $77 million. A total of $10,411,249 – or 13.5 percent – of the construction dollars were awarded to minority and women-owned businesses.
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