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City/County environmental Health Team Gets New Digs

At a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, the springfield/Greene County Department of Health officially dedicated the Environmental Health Services Center. Mike Smith has the story:

News Release

June 23, 2006

For Immediate Release

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department held a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the new Environmental Health Services Center at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 26, 2006.

The Center is located in the renovated First Church of Christ, Scientist at 320 E. Central St. in the Thomas W. Finnie Government Plaza.

The $1.4 million project to renovate the former church and put it back into productive use was funded by the voter-approved Level Property Tax. The renovations took into consideration the historic and aesthetic amenities of the building, such as keeping the stained-glass windows, refurbishing the original façade and matching new woodwork to the original.

Environmental Health Services coordinator Jim Fry says the building now houses the Health Department's environmental services staff, such as vector inspectors (neighborhood complaints and enhancements), food compliance staff and County environmental inspectors. Springfield-Greene County Health Department director Kevin Gipson says mployees in the new building were relocated primarily from the basements of Historic City Hall and the Harold G. Bengsch Health Department Building, and the new facility will allow for better consolidation of the departments Environmental Health Division .

The architect for the project was Butler, Rosenbury & Partners. Friga Construction was the general contractor and Malone Finkle Eckhardt & Collins was the engineer. The Springfield Public Works Operations Division managed the overall project.

For more information, contact: Kevin Gipson, Director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, 864-1655.