City of Lubbock issues progress report on Citizens Tower

City of Lubbock issues progress report on Citizens Tower
Citizen's Tower remains under construction in November 2019 (Source: KCBD)

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Progress continues on Citizens Tower as the building is now on permanent electrical power and the temporary, construction power connections are being removed.

The next steps include commissioning life-safety systems and elevator inspections. Initial move-in activities will follow, starting with the data and communications centers. Furnishings will be installed beginning the third week of December, and will continue for several weeks. Employee move-in will occur in stages to minimize customer disruption. Work also continues on the exterior with major initiatives including hardscapes around the building and the Plaza, which is located on the closed section of 14th Street, between Avenues K and L.

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The Tower opened in 1965 as Citizens National Bank. After passing through several owners, the City of Lubbock acquired the facility in 2014 and began activities to render the facility safe for future activities through abatement and related efforts. The renovation project has seen the nearly 188,000 square foot facility taken down to the structural framework and its subsequent remodeling into a modern office facility to serve the citizens of Lubbock.

When fully occupied, the Tower will host more than 450 City employees across 11 floors, a large basement complex and the newly constructed Utility Customer Services Center. Customers will be able to access common City services on Main Street, a first-floor facility that combines development services activities into a one-stop shop for customer convenience. The Utility Customer Services Center operated by City of Lubbock Utilities is adjacent to the Tower. Overall, the project combines City services currently located in four separate buildings into a single complex.

Citizens Tower serves as the anchor of the a three-block municipal development that includes the Tower, Utility Customer Services Center, Plaza, Municipal Court and Police Headquarters. A new, public-use parking structure will provide central parking for visitors at any of these facilities. Construction on the parking structure will begin in early 2020, with the Municipal Court and Police Headquarters to follow.

The Tower project includes new capabilities for the City’s Communications & Marketing efforts, including Channel 2, the City’s public access cable television channel. Broadcast capabilities at the Tower will be state-of-the-art, and will enhance the City’s abilities to provide quality live broadcasts of official events as well as additional content programming.

The project budget was developed in 2015, and funded in 2016. The budget includes acquisition of the property, abatement, remediation, design & engineering services, construction, parking and project contingency. The project is expected to be completed within the total budget.

The City looks forward to welcoming citizens into the facility with the official opening date to be announced soon.