At its Feb. 25 meeting, the Thomaston Board of Selectmen was presented with an overview of the design development phase of the relocation of town offices to the former Lura Libby facility.

Architect John Hansen explained this is one of several phases that will occur prior to the start of construction on the project. "The design development stage is basically taking the two-page plan that we started with and expanding that," he said.

Hansen said this phase leads into the final drawing phase, which will be going out to bid.

He pointed out some additional parking that will be added around the police department and the widening of the circular drive in front of the building to allow for conditional parking. Hansen said, based on working with the electrical engineers, that the current transformer will need to be upgraded, especially with the addition of air conditioning.

One of the charts noted where accessibility entrances were needed, while another — the demolition plan — showed where walls, doors and plumbing fixtures were to be removed before the new construction starts.

A final chart signified the final floor plan where walls, doors and windows, by room, will be placed in the new design.

"We are going to be identifying the area for the police department as an alternate plan, just in case anything happens," Hansen said. "We are going to separate that as a separate cost so that could be eliminated if something were to come up regarding the police department."

Hansen noted that the modular classroom is not considered in the project, as the town itself is going to remove that. He also said the building has been surveyed for asbestos, and all of those areas have been identified.

Hansen said the electrical and mechanical engineers have visited the site several times and are in the midst of completing their designs.

Town Manager Valmore Blastow said his office staff is configuring placement of desks and cabinets for their new Town Office space.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.