City News Service reports on our upcoming office repair and renovation work at our Hall of Administration headquarters:
LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The County Board of Supervisors today approved an allowance of about $700,000 for one supervisor to renovate his aging office space.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas plans to use the money to add seven workstations, replace the ceiling system and recarpet his eighth-floor space in the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration.
The office has not been updated in about 15-20 years, according to Dan Rosenfeld, Ridley-Thomas’ senior deputy for economic development, sustainability and mobility. A walk through the office seemed to support this claim — revealing dingy, hard-worn carpeting, dim overhead lighting and extension cords snaking into poorly located electrical outlets.
About 22 people work in what Rosenfeld estimated at about 4,000 square feet. Some are crowded into the corner of another person’s office or working in a narrow corridor between offices.
The renovation will include bringing the space up to current codes, including the installation of levered door hardware to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The new ceiling system will allow for more energy-efficient lighting. Electrical power and voice and data lines will be relocated to better support office technology.
“We’ll remodel it to bring it into the 20th century, if not the 21st,” Rosenfeld said.
But some things won’t change. All the historic wood, original to the building when built in 1960, will stay, though it will be refinished in areas, Rosenfeld said.
According to documents provided to the board, the budget does not include the cost of new furniture, which will be paid for with discretionary funds available to the Second District.
Rosenfeld and Ridley-Thomas aide Aurelio Rojas acknowledged that the timing — during a recession — wasn’t ideal.
Rosenfeld stressed that the $700,000 is a budget and not a contract for work.
“Our job is to do it for less,” he said.