Acoustic problems follow opening of $7M Wildwood municipal building


by Staff

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 6:40 PM

 (KMOV) – Wildwood officials hope to quiet concerns over the city’s new municipal building which opened six months ago.

Some say the $7 million building is not what was promised and other say it’s great and just a matter of making a few adjustments.

City administrator Dan Durbuiel showed News 4’s Steve Savard around the area creating the biggest problem as the sound from the ground floor and stairwell bounces up to vaulted ceiling.

A receptionist told Savard she has to put callers on hold sometimes because she can’t hear them over the noise.

"Somebody screwed up in the design they didn't take into consideration the high vaulted ceilings and how the sound reverberated," said Dan Topik, a Wildwood resident who served on the design committee.

He was one of eight residents who came up with the design for the new building. He doesn’t think the city should have to pay to fix the problem.

“I don’t think additional dollars should be spent on what I consider design flaws,” Topix said.

An acoustical engineer told city leaders that fixing the problem in the lobby and one of the police interview rooms would cost $40,000 plus.

When asked if city leaders plan to go back to contractors to ask them to fix it after paying millions, Topix said that will be determined by the city council.

That’s a decision that will be made in the future. In the meantime, people agree, despite the problem, the new building is great for Wildwood.

“I am very proud we have our own city hall and the way it looks.”

The city’s mayor, Tim Woerther said the city has nearly doubled its floor space and the building provides the city room to grow.

Woerther told News 4 the project came in about 10-percent under budget and after all the adjustments are made it will still be hundreds of thousands under budget.