Out of the 150 to 175 people who worked on the project, between 15 and 20 were Mint Hill residents , said Scott Fandel, project executive of Edifice General Contractors. Though no construction contracts were awarded to Mint Hill-based companies, town residents had the chance to work on their own town hall as subcontractors or employees of those chosen companies.
Fandel is a Mint Hill resident himself.
“I think, overall, for the ones that do live in town that worked on it, you have a little sense of pride in building the town hall in the area that you live,” he said. “It made a difference to know that I would be driving by it every day and friends in town would be asking me about it.”
The town hall is reaching its move-in date, with finishing touches and furniture still being added to complete the 20,000-square-foot building at 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane.
The project was more convenient for Mint Hill residents, according to Fandel, but also instilled a greater sense of pride.
“I enjoy all the projects I work on, and this was definitely more convenient,” he said. “But with people constantly asking how the job’s doing and me updating people about it, I enjoyed sharing that information.”
Fandel said the project lives up to the plans, in his eyes.
“I feel good about it. I’m proud of it,” he said. “We got it done in the time frame and on budget. The money was spent wisely and the administration did a good job in getting the most building they could for the money they could afford to spend.”
Fandel said any residents who worked on the project will look at the new town hall a little differently.
“Anybody that’s doing work for the town or community they live in would have a sense of satisfaction and pride in completing whatever the municipal building might be,” he said. “I definitely think they would have a sense of pride and accomplishment for being a part of the team that built it.”
Paul Cochrane, owner of Blue Dot Concrete, was among those residents who helped build the new town hall.
“We worked on it from start to finish, we were (the) producer and supplier of all ready-mix concrete for the building,” he said.
Cochrane said working on the town hall meant something special to him.
“For me personally, I grew up in Mint Hill, so I felt happy to contribute to a town hall,” he said. “Our home office is in Mint Hill and I grew up here, so that was a good thing.”
Cochrane said much of his staff grew up in the area.
“I know it would be the same for any of them, to build in the area they grew up or live in. It’s something special,” he said.
Cochrane said Blue Dot also has worked at the under-construction Bain Elementary School and hopes to be involved in the renovation of the current town hall as it’s converted into the new police department.
“I’m always happy to do a job in my hometown,” he said.
When’s moving day?
The first furniture for the new Mint Hill Town Hall is expected to arrive Tuesday, Sept. 4 and Mint Hill staff could be working in the building by Sept. 10, Town Manager Brian Welch said this week.
But those dates are contingent on the building passing its final county inspection, which as of press time, hadn’t been scheduled, county inspector Daren Bishop said. The building passed a final plumbing inspection Monday, Aug. 27 but crews still have finishing touches to make, including installing handicapped parking signs and handicapped hardware in all bathrooms, Bishop said.
So far, the building has had 30 inspections by county officials, he said.