Southside started the year out in a blaze of glory after successfully acquiring the contract to perform renovations and additions to the Lincolnton City Hall & Fire Department. Designed by Stewart–Cooper– Newell Architects, the contract included joining the two neighboring structures to create one 31,000 SF facility. Plans called for utilizing conventional masonry construction in a less conventional manner to interconnect the existing city hall and existing fire department, which currently sits fourteen feet below the building foundation of the Lincolnton City Hall. Other unique challenges included creating an entirely new elevator shaft for the fire department as well as moving city hall’s existing elevator shaft.
Interior finishes consist of specialized Zolotone paint for the walls, ceramic tile, and durable carpet to withstand heavy foot traffic. The entrance to the new City Hall has Tambour wood paneling suspended from the ceiling to give the interior an overall feeling of warmth and richness. The expanded City Council Chambers includes built in microphones, audio/visual systems and a recessed projection screen in the ceiling. Tambour wood paneling wraps the radius area of the chambers meeting area. Customized teller equipment by Diebold Manufacturing was installed at the new drive-up window to facilitate faster utility payments for their citizens. A full service kitchen was added to the fire house, as well as sleeping corridors with wardrobe lockers.