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Let the Pile Driving Begin: City Offices On Schedule

Senior engineer says things are moving along well at construction site on Machin Avenue.

Everything is moving along well and on schedule at the site of the office building that will be home for city of Novato employees by next fall, according to the city's senior engineer for the project.

The city administrative offices are going up at the corner of Machin Avenue and Cain Lane, site of a parking lot adjacent to the Novato Community House and just a few feet away from Novato City Hall and the Novato Police Department. The Novato City Council unanimously approved construction of the new city headquarters as a replacement for the leased building at 75 Rowland Way. About 60 city employees will work in the new building, including personnel from building, planning, parks, community development and administration.

Senior engineer Julian Skinner said four test piles recently were driven an average of 18 feet deep to check soil conditions, and the results were excellent. Fabricated steel piles are being made now and the first ones will be delivered to the site on Friday, he said. In all, 96 piles will be driven — probably 10 to 15 per day — as a sort of bone structure for the building.

Skinner also said an archaeologist assigned to monitor the initial digs did not find any significant artifacts or bones — just a couple of bottles.

Would you like to follow the progress of the construction? The project management company, Kitchell, unveiled a biweekly e-newsletter on Friday and will share updates over the course of the next year. The first one is uploaded to this story. For updates, bookmark this page on the city's website.

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Mark Burnham September 21, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Ahhh.. the "pile drive" first made famous by Wild Bill Longston in 1948. Banned worldwide in 2000 due to a serious threat of injury to the pile driven. In a secret closed door meeting in 2004 however, the city council of Novato lifted the 4 year pile driving ban. Since that moment the council has been pile driving tax payers to the mat with quite a few variations of "the pile drive". Each designed to render the tax payer bewildered, confused and injured. One City of Novato Pile Drive of note: "The City Office Hammer" A move made infamous recently where the all 5 female council take the taxpayer by neck, turn them upside down, and drop them on their head. This move often causes confusion as the taxpayer assumes the citizen elected council is in their corner. Note: the dangerous move is often performed as the city downtown specific plan is being lit on fire by the city manager..who is sitting ringside and has complimentary preferred parking nearby. Here is a brief history and list of famous "pile drives" taken from Wiki.. enjoy! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pile_driver
Jim L September 21, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Thank you city of Novato ! You have our vote for best City Council Of Novato ever . Some people will complain and we tell them RUN FOR THE OFFICE IF YOU WANT CHANGE . We don't see them at the meetings but they sit at the computer and want to run the show . Some of them need to post several times changing direction with the wind
Craig Belfor September 21, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Novato just hired a cute ring girl to wave the sign between rounds of layoffs.

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