The new county complex in Payson is nearing completion, but will be completed in two phases because of supply chain issues.

District 1 Supervisor Steve Christensen said the building “will allow Gila County to provide new services in Payson including Superior Court jury trials and provide a venue for public meetings that require a large occupancy level.”

The 11,000-square-foot complex will provide offices for the recorder and assessor teams, offices for elected officials, and include a meeting room that will serve as a board of supervisors’ meeting room, superior courtroom, and allow for other public meetings.

The building contract requires for all the work to be completed by April 7, 2022. The work has been progressing ahead of schedule, but because of unavailability of HVAC components the building will open in two phases. The assessor and recorder offices will be moved to the new complex in early December and at that time, these services will be provided from the new complex. The rest of the building will be ready for occupancy in early February 2022, said Assistant County Manager Homero Vela, who is overseeing the facility improvements.

Recent Milestones

• Aug. 12: Exterior Store Front, Glass and Glazing – Complete

• Sept. 13: Building Hardscape – Complete

• Sept. 14: Insulate North and South Exterior Walls – Complete

• Sept. 16: Fine Grade Off-Site – Complete

• Sept. 20: Drywall and Texturing – Complete

• Sept. 20: Install Parking Lot Lighting – Complete

• Sept. 22: Transformer Set and Landed – Complete

Currently, the county, in an agreement with the Town of Payson, is reconfiguring Frontier Street to allow for two-way traffic and a “right turn only” onto Beeline Highway is underway. The lane allowing traffic from Beeline onto Frontier, westbound, will open on Oct. 1 and the eastbound lane — Frontier to Beeline — is scheduled to open on Oct. 15.

Vela said building construction taking place in October includes landscaping, which will include 26 trees, 165 shrubs, and 88 perennials; siding; pavement; carpet; tile work; doors and paint.

November work will include inspections; punch list work; and mechanical work (HVAC).

The building that currently houses the assessor and recorder offices, at the corner of Colcord and Frontier, will be demolished in early December and this area will be converted to a parking lot with targeted completion April 1, 2022.

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(3) comments

Mike White

Is there any chance the as-yet installed exterior could be changed in support of Payson's stated goal of being a Western-themed town?

Steve Brule

Do you realize how many people the original design had to go through and what that cost was? Obviously you've never been in development if they did change it you'd then be writing a letter to the editor yelling about the socialist takeover of Payson or some tripe. Why waste money for a theme that only appeals to boomers with one foot in the grave?

Mike White

Steve, you know absolutely nothing about what you are saying. Having engineers do peer reviews on design specs is not the same as the determination of the cosmetic exterior design theme. Having a design change is common and typical, and I have been involved in many as an engineer. It has nothing to do with socialism or whatever other system you might be advocating. And how is it that only near-death older citizens care about Payson following its self-proclaimed Western theme? Don't you?

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