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:
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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
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.
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
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
370 parking spaces
130,098 square feet
$40 per square foot
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