Birmingham, Ala. (June 27, 2014) — In the aftermath of the April tornadoes of 2011, CMH Architects teamed with Cordova Mayor Drew Gilbert and City Planner Steve Ostaseski to pursue a grant to fund the redevelopment of the city. Their efforts paid off as they were awarded a HUD grant for tornado recovery from the State of Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The project will not only rebuild City Hall and provide a Police Department facility, but the grant also calls for the reconfiguration of the main street road infrastructure downtown.
The two functions will be integrated into a single, interconnected, energy-efficient structure. The jail and law enforcement offices will include the latest technology, such as touch-screen security system and CCTV, as well as card access for jail and administrative employees. City Hall will feature administrative offices as well as a combined council chamber, courtroom, and community meeting room to accommodate 85 people.
“CMH has the City’s trust and confidence that we will have a project completed on time and within budget,” said Ostaseski. “They believe in our vision for the future and we are confident that our City Hall will be an addition to the city that is admired for decades into the future.” The project was bid May 6, 2014 and was awarded to the low bidder at a below budget contract amount of $3,447,352.00. Construction for this project will start in early July 2014 and be complete in June 2015.