$23 million office overhaul for Oneida County


UTICA, NY (WUTR-TV) — $23 million have been spent renovating and rehabilitating the Oneida County office building over the past 17 years, and work continues.

“It’s an overall rehab of a 50-plus-year-old building, in which, loaded with asbestos,” Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said.

Asbestos abatement has occurred, new floor and ceiling tile, furnishing additions and technological upgrades have encompassed work within.

The most recent showcase of work completed came last Wednesday, when the county board of legislators returned to their 10th floor meeting chambers, after temporarily moving for renovations over 18 months ago.

The legislative chamber includes large screens, capabilities for electronic voting, plus, new fixtures highlighting the county’s geographical borders and municipalities.

The county executive’s office indicated the 10th floor–home to the board of legislators’ chambers, county executive and county attorney’s offices–has undergone $4.95 million in work, while department floors below have undergone less.

“It’s pretty basic when you really get down to the brass tax on it…’ ‘…I mean this floor has more technology than some of the others but some of the others have some of that technology as well,” Picente said.

Picente said the work done on each office floor differed based on departmental need, and systems required to handle them.

However, the funds noted for the 10th floor are said to include what the eye cannot see.

In an email, Assistant to the County Executive Phil Vanno says “above us (on the 10th floor) is in essence another floor beneath the roof. So that space had to be renovated for asbestos and heating/cooling, insulation and all that as well.”

Picente said the seventh and ninth floors have yet to be rehabilitated, which he estimated to begin in 2021 and finish in 2023.

Below is a cost breakdown of floor-by-floor rehabilitation since 2002; provided by the county executive’s office.

2002: $1.3 million – first floor

2003: $1 million – basement level 1

2004: $300,000 – basement level 1

2005: $1.0 million – basement level 1

2008: $1.5 million – fifth floor and roof

2009: $2 million – fifth floor and roof

2010: $2.4 million – second floor

2012: $1.65 million – sixth floor

2013: $1,096,500 – third and first floors

2014: $1.2 million – boiler room

2015: $2.7 million – basement 1 and basement 2 levels

2016: $575,000 – fourth floor

2017: $1.618 million – fourth floor

2018: $2.5 million – tenth floor

2019: $2.45 million – tenth floor

(The amount of $0 was indicated for 2006, 2007 and 2011)

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