Property improvement recognized: Franklin County gets Chamber award

Franklin County Commissioners accepted a Property Improvement Award last week at the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Breakfast.

The Chamber award recognized the new Administration Building, 272 North 2nd Street, in Chambersburg.  Situated on the site of the former Sheetz building, the 35,772 gross square-foot structure houses 12 county departments as well as the Commissioner’s Office.    

The focus of county administration and architects was on functionality. Multiple offices share space in the multipurpose facility, making the building an efficient use of space and adaptable for future needs. 

Commission Chairman David Keller

“Bringing offices that work together into one building not only enhances operational efficiency, it provides added convenience to the public doing business with the County,”   Commissioner and Chairman Dave Keller said.

Commissioners decided a new building was a more cost effective option than renovating and expanding the former Administrative Annex located at  218 North Second Street, Keller said.

The building

The building’s design is both energy efficient, and complements other development happening in the neighborhood. 

It almost exclusively has LED lighting. It also has high efficiency heating and cooling systems.  The lighting system includes room sensors to turn lights out when no activity is detected.  All fixtures are automated and non-touch.   

The Administration Building is part of the larger Court Facility Improvement Project addressing the following, according to commissioners:

  • Needs for safety and security,
  • Adequate space, and
  • Co-location of offices and services for operational efficiency and public convenience.

Noelker & Hull Associates, Chambersburg, PA, provided the architecture and engineering work.  The general contractor on the project was Lobar, Inc., of Dillsburg.  The electrical work was provided by Frank B. Lesher Company, Inc., Chambersburg; the plumbing  work was provided by Mann Plumbing and Heating, LLC, Fayetteville; and the HVAC work was provided by Stouffer Mechanical Contractor, LLC, Chambersburg.

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