Construction has started on the third floor that’s being added to the building that will become Orangeburg’s new city hall.

“Steel is being completed on the third floor. Additional and exterior framing is scheduled to commence in the next month to include both the existing façade and new addition,” City Administrator Sidney Evering said.

“Re-roofing and mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins (installation) will be underway on the addition and façade improvements, to include new windows and cladding, should begin this summer,” he said.

The city is converting the former First Citizens Bank building at the corner of Russell and Broughton streets into a new city hall. Ground was officially broken on the $7.2 million project in January 2024.

The city plans for the building to be substantially complete by November with the building ready to be moved into by the end of the year, Evering said.

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The building’s new third floor will include a rooftop terrace. City officials plan for it to become a community gathering space that could, for instance, be rented out for holiday parties and wedding receptions.

Columbia-based Mashburn Construction is the general contractor for the renovations.

Company officials said in a prepared statement that there have been no major surprises or changes with the project.

“Dealing with an existing structure is always a challenge, but nothing beyond what could be reasonably anticipated,” Mashburn Construction said.

“The most unique aspects of this renovation are the shoring and excavation below the basement level for the new elevator shaft at the rear of the building, the addition of a new structural steel third floor, which required reinforcement of the column and wall structures of the existing building, as well as openings and structures on the existing roof for new egress stair shafts, the adaptive re-use and display of the existing bank safe paying homage to the original purpose of the building, and the rooftop patio, parapet and railing system to allow for great visibility from this prominent intersection downtown,” the statement said.

Through the end of April, a number of things have been done at the property, including:

Demolition and abatement work has been completed. All interior wall framing and mechanical, electric and plumbing work has been completed on the existing portions of the building.

All windows have been removed and openings prepared to receive new façade framing.

Structural improvements and reinforcement have been completed on the existing building to receive the new third floor addition.

The shoring and excavation have been completed at the rear of the building to accept the new foundations and shaft for the new elevator going from the basement level to the new rooftop addition.

The initial phase of site improvements and infrastructure have been completed, including new storm drainage, curbing and partial stone base for the future parking lot.

The current Orangeburg City Hall has been in use since 1927. City officials say they’ve outgrown the building, which also has structural issues like rusting pipes and roof leaks.

The new city hall will allow all departments to be under one roof.

The area will also be landscaped with the intent to tie the building to Edisto Memorial Gardens.

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