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City Hall Remodel Begins Jan. 25: Entrance at South Side

City Hall renovation begins January 25; Features customer service concierge and dedicated permit center

Temporary entrance to building at south side

Work has begun on the remodel of Kirkland City Hall.  The project involves exterior improvements including a new HVAC system and roof repairs which were started this summer.  The roof work is almost complete and work on the HVAC will be underway in the coming months.  Interior improvements to the building include updated furnishings, carpet and paint.  City Hall was constructed in 1984 and last renovated in 1994.

Starting January 25, the north entrance to City Hall will be temporary closed and customers will need to enter at the south entrance. Construction is expected to be completed by late October/early November 2016.

City Council, Houghton Community Council and board and commission meetings will be temporarily held in the Peter Kirk Room, lower level of City Hall. These meetings will be held at their regularly scheduled times, unless otherwise posted. Check the City’s online calendar for dates and times at  

The City is pleased to be enhancing its customer service by providing a Customer Service Concierge who will assist customers as they enter City Hall and by creating a dedicated Development Services counter area to better assist permit applicants.  Also, the City Council Chambers will be updated as a multi-purpose room with multi-media upgrades. To view schematics of the Permit Center and Council Chambers, go to the City Hall Remodel webpage at  

Seismic upgrades are also being made to the north end of the building and a new Emergency Operations Center is being constructed.

The Human Resources Department will be temporarily located at 505 Market Street during the early stages of construction. Upon completion of the remodel, the Parks & Community Services Department will relocate from 505 Market Street to City Hall, consolidating most city departments within one place.  

In order to accommodate the renovation, some staff will be temporarily located from the upper level to the lower level in a staggered fashion. Permit applicants will be assisted at the temporary Development Services Counter in the upper level. `             `

Construction impacts to the neighborhood should be minimal since most of the work will take place on within interior spaces.

For specific questions, contact Chris Dodd, Facilities Services Manager at 425-587-3931 or