Counting the cost of coming city projects: City Service Center, natatorium by the numbers

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 3, 2013 

It's been about 50 years since ground was broken for the old Columbus Square Mall, about 10 years since it was demolished and about 18 months since ground was broken for the city's $32.5 million city service center, natatorium and parking deck project.

When it's done and ready to move in, it will take about two days to fill the Olympic swimming pool, using a two-inch hose from a fire hydrant. It will represent more than a quarter of a million square feet of working, parking and recreating space.

Sitting next to the Muscogee County Public Education Center and the Columbus Library, the entire site represents more than $100 million in public expenditures.

Here are some more numbers to roll around in your head:

Total project cost

• $32.5 million, financed through 1999 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax and the 2008 Local Option Sales Tax

Citizen Service Center

• $11,814,284

• 63,794 square feet -- 32,917 first floor, 30,877 second floor

• $185 per square foot

• 8 departments -- 311, CCG-TV, deputy city manager, elections and registration, finance-revenue, parks and recreation, tax assessor, tax commissioner, along with council chambers, community room and police precinct.

• 120 employees

• 49 feet wide by 49 feet deep by 46 feet high lobby

• 56 private offices, 97 percent of which of them have natural light/window

• 11 conference rooms

• 2 training rooms


• $10,635,132

• 57,018 square feet

• $186 per square foot

• 2 swimming pools

• 1 25-by-50-meter for competition

• 1 25-by-25 yard for warming up, cooling down and therapy/exercise

• 3 diving boards: one 3-meter, two 1-meter

• 13-foot deep-diving well

• 680,000 gallons of water in main pool

• 900 spectator seats

• 300 lockers in two locker rooms

• 9-foot-8-inch by 16-foot-11-inch LED scoreboard

• 75 percent of construction waste recycled

Parking Deck

• $5,172,874

• 3 levels

• 370 parking spaces

• 130,098 square feet

• $40 per square foot

Property timeline

1965 - Columbus Square Mall opens

2000 - City buys practically empty mall

2002 - Mall demolished

2005 - Main library building opens

2009 - School district headquarters opens

2013 - City Service Center and Natatorium open

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