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DATE: FEBRUARY 5, 2013

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 4
BY : BENEDICT LOYOLA
SUBMITTED TO : ARCH. NIC FERNANDO

RESEARCH “CITY HALL”

Design of the City Hall. The city hall is essentially an office building, not a monument or an ornament. The building should be so designed as to be economical in construction and maintenance. True long-range economy is achieved by a judicious balance between original cost and maintenance cost. A building with cheap materials and equipment for the sake of low first cost may be quite expensive in maintenance and replacement. Even though the city hall should be basically functional and not a monument, originality in design is not precluded.

Steps to be taken in Planning and Constructing a City Hall

* determining need.
* determining space requirements.
* selecting an architect.
* acquiring a site.
* approving layout, design, and architectural features.
* developing a financial plan.

Note: These steps are not a one-two-three process: frequently they must be done simultaneously. It is important to have an idea of what is wanted before selecting an architect, but the architect can be helpful in delineating wants.It is important to remember that the city hall must last 60 years or more. The following "dos and don'ts" provide a guide to officials engaged in planning a new city hall. Do:

* Locate the city hall where it will be most convenient and if possible where land values are reasonable. * Be prepared to provide the architect with information on departments to be housed, the number of employees, types of furnishings and equipment, and special requirements such as vault and storage space. * Put most or all city department headquarters in the city hall. * Provide for structural expansion and flexibility in office layout. * Plan the city hall from the inside out with emphasis on workflow, convenience to the public, and convenience for employees. * Provide for the comfort and efficiency...

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