A space planner has concluded that reconfiguring the existing Regional District of Central Kootenay office would cost up to $600

Reconfiguring RDCK office would cost up to $600,000

A space planner has produced two options to reconfigure the Regional District of Central Kootenay’s headquarters on Lakefront Drive.

As the Regional District of Central Kootenay mulls an offer from the City of Nelson to move into the White Building, a space planner has produced two options to reconfigure the RDCK’s current headquarters on Lakefront Drive.

One would cost about $390,000 and the other just shy of $600,000. Both would fall within the regional district’s $719,000 building reserve fund.

The more expensive proposal includes $225,000 for new furniture, including installation; $210,000 in structural modifications; $70,000 for flooring replacements; $35,500 for a high-density filing system; $31,000 to reconfigure the reception area; and $28,000 in travel and transportation costs.

The plan, presented by Graphic Office Interiors, calls for higher density work space and office furniture configurations to maximize space and accommodate all current staff as well as up to six more positions.

It would also include the addition of a directors’ office, a meeting room, a client room, and changes to the front lobby to “increase useable space and better control access, enhance staff safety and improve privacy for clients.”

The file storage system would “centralize and densify” 900 linear feet of files.

The cheaper alternative would be to buy new office furniture for open work areas and redistribute the workspace without altering the building. It would save about $200,000 but include no provision for a directors’ office, additional meeting room, or file storage improvements.

The board is expected to consider its options Thursday along with a staff recommendation to ask for a formal proposal from the City of Nelson by year’s end and hire an independent consultant to do a cost/benefit analysis of staying put versus moving to the White Building.

Last month, a delegation from the City of Nelson pitched the regional district on moving into the White Building, which currently houses municipal and provincial government offices, but still has empty space.

The city’s presentation suggested that sharing the building could result in annual savings of $50,000 to $200,000, although there was no indication what the actual move might cost. While directors were open to the idea, they raised concerns about parking and being rushed into a decision.

The regional district is running out of room in its current headquarters, which it moved into in 2000. A committee struck last year recommended hiring the space planner, which has been working with Fairbank Architects for the last five months.