By ALEXANDER WILLIS
Major improvements to the Williamson County Administration Complex, along with ten other county facilities such as the Longview Rec Center in Spring Hill and the Brentwood Indoor Sports Complex, will begin in February.
At their Tuesday night meeting, the Williamson County Commission voted unanimously to approve the spending of nearly $18 million for the construction project.
Proposed by Schneider Electric, the improvements will see the Administration Complex effectively “function like a new building,” according to senior project executive for Schneider Electric Kyle Keith.
Notable improvements to the Administration Complex include the installation of new double pane windows, re-roofing most of the facility, installing new boiler and chiller systems, as well as applying a new coating on the entire exterior of the complex.
The other county facilities that will see improvements include the county library, the Beasley Industrial Building, the Archives Museum, the College Grove Artsitorium, the AOC Annex, the county Health Department building, the Longview Rec Center in Spring Hill, the Brentwood Indoor Sports Complex, the Community Services Building, and the Highway Complex facility.
While the Administrative Complex will see the majority of improvements, the other 10 locations will all see miscellaneous upgrades, such as new LED interior lighting and building automation systems being installed at all 11 sites. Other notable improvements include new liquid pool covers at Longview Rec and Brentwood Sports Complex, a new heating system at Beasley, and LED exterior lighting at eight sites.
Regarding the improvements to the Administrative Complex, studies conducted by Schneider Electric found that the improvements would save $300,000 annually in energy costs alone, with all work done guaranteed to perform for at least 20 years.
“You can see that a lot of the infrastructure of this building is original to this facility,” Keith said during Schneider Electric’s original pitch of the project. “A lot of outdated lighting, a lot of mechanical systems that maintenance staff has done a good job to band-aid and patch along the years, but this is really going to transform the way that this building operates. We’re talking about a complete overhaul of everything that is within this building, so that when folks come up, they’re truly going to see a change.”
Built in the late 1950s, the Administrative Complex was originally built as a hospital, and has seen its maintenance costs rise significantly in recent years as Williamson County continues to grow in population.