The new Kingsport City Hall has been honored with the Mark Miller Tennessee Public Works Project of the Year Award.
Regions Bank building is now home to Kingsport’s City Hall.
The city purchased the Regions Bank building for $2.82 million to support operational effectiveness, better serve Kingsport residents and help provide more secured courtrooms for the city.
“The most expensive option,” said Ryan McReynolds, Deputy City Manager, “was to do nothing.”
The city had an opportunity to consolidate city services and improve efficiency as well as the overall customer service experience and it followed through. Long term, this is a financial savings to the city.
“By repurposing a six story 70,000+ square foot building into Kingsport’s new City Hall we were able to achieve three primary objectives,” said City Manager Chris McCartt.
“First, by repurposing a former bank building, located in our downtown, we were able to save the tax payers a tremendous amount of money versus new construction. Second, we have truly created a one-stop shop for our customers as a result of consolidating offices that were previously located in separate buildings. Third, as a result of the consolidation of offices for the first time in over three decades, we are seeing improved internal efficiencies for our operations. These three objectives will continue to have a profound impact on our operations and for our customers for decades to come. Additionally, this building will be a point of pride for our citizens.”
The Project of the Year award, given by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association (TCAPWA), recognizes a project within the state of Tennessee that emphasizes outstanding planning, construction and management. The entire process of the new Kingsport City Hall project, from design to construction and project management, made Kingsport’s success worthy of this statewide recognition.
Earlier this year, the City of Kingsport also won the state Project of the Year award for Miracle Field, honoring Kingsport with the award twice in one year – a first in the state!
To see the new City Hall, please stop by 415 Broad Street and check it out. For more information about the City of Kingsport, please visit www.kingsporttn.gov.