Architect Projects January Completion for Stryker Center

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The Stryker Center will be the new home of the Williamsburg City Council. (Courtesy Stemann-Pease Architects)
The Stryker Center will be the new home of the Williamsburg City Council. (Courtesy Stemann-Pease Architects)

The Williamsburg City Council hopes to start 2016 with a new permanent home.

An update on construction progress on the Stryker Center pegged a January 2016 completion date for the building that will house the council chambers.

Architect David Stemann of Stemann-Pease Architects updated council members at their work session Monday, saying work on the building was on schedule.

Stemann said substantial completion on the building, which requires most building systems to be functional, would be reached by Jan. 6, 2016.

Stemann said the area’s hard winter slowed work in February and March, but had not caused major delays for the project.

Council members were uniform in their excitement for the building’s completion.

“It’s really exciting. I’m ready to take up residence,” Councilman Scott Foster said.

The Stryker Center is projected as a focal point of City Square, the City of Williamsburg’s municipal center at North Boundary and Lafayette streets.

The building is slated to replace the since-demolished Stryker Building, which dated to the 1950s, at 412 N. Boundary St.

The Stryker Center will be the permanent home of the City Council, which has convened in a temporary space on the third floor of the Municipal Building for over a year. The new building will feature upgraded council chambers with expanded seating, along with a council member work room.

The building will also be used by the Williamsburg Regional Library. A portion of the building will be administrative offices for the library, along with gallery space for the display of artwork. An outdoor patio area will also provide a space for outdoor and indoor-outdoor event staging.

The city is also seeking LEED certification for the Stryker Center as an environmentally friendly building. The building includes several design features meant to decrease its environmental impact, including extensive use of natural lighting and the inclusion of a white roof to reflect sunlight.

The Stryker Center project has been in progress since February 2013, when the city accepted an unsolicited bid proposal from Guernsey Tingle Architects for a new building to replace the aging Stryker Building.

Four additional proposals were submitted during the open bidding process, which closed May 15, 2013.

After reviewing the submitted plans, the City Council was unsatisfied with the field, and in September 2013, allowed the bidders to modify their proposals.

In December 2013, the City Council selected a proposal from Stemann-Pease, which modified its plans of incorporating elements from the original Stryker Building to plans for an entirely new building, as a placeholder.

Construction on the new building saw a lengthy delay, largely due to slow movement in finalizing a comprehensive agreement with the builder. Work on the Stryker Center was originally projected to begin in Spring 2014. Crews began work demolishing the Stryker Building in October 2014.

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