Steamboat Springs On July 4, Jerry Van Horne, a project supervisor for Fox Construction, snuck into the half-finished Centennial Hall with his two children and climbed up to the top of the roof. When he found a good spot, he dropped his lawn chairs and the family set up camp for the evening.
Soon enough, the show began.
"It was a good viewing place," he said. "We were directly north of where the fireworks were going off."
Next Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., Centennial Hall will be the site of a more public sort of celebration.
Despite the fact that the building will not actually be ready to open for another four months, the city scheduled a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to coincide with the city's centennial year, said Deputy City Manager Wendy Dubord.
Fox Construction will continue to work on the building throughout next week to get it in shape for the ceremony.
A recently constructed recycled hickory floor spans the full length of the Great Hall, and the construction workers benefit from an already-installed heating system. Although sink parts now sit in disarray in the bathrooms, Dubord said that every faucet will gush water and every toilet will flush come Friday.
The Centennial Hall Committee, which worked out many of the details of the $3.7 million building, wanted to give it an old-style feeling.
"The whole idea is to make it to be warm and inviting," Dubord said. "We don't want it to be institutional."
The city bought the old back counter from F.M. Light and Sons at an auction for the cafhat resides in the old power plant building.
The centerpiece of the building, the 100-seat Citizens Hall, is also nearing completion and will likely be the spot for the speeches that will take place at the gala. In addition to City Council President Kevin Bennett, speakers will include Mark Wolf, director of the Colorado Historical Society, Bob Brooks, director of the Department of Local Affairs, and Lyman Orton of the Orton Foundation.
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