28 April 2015
Everybody in Fluvanna County government is swapping offices with everybody else, it seems, but the end result is going to be a new office layout that makes more sense and gives staff the space they need, said Wayne Stephens, director of public works.
Stephens, who is heading up the space re-utilization plans, explained that the massive swap began with the simple quest to find a better home for the Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA) thrift shop.
During the search County Administrator Steve Nichols had the idea to take another look at the basement of the Carysbrook gym, Stephens said. What had once been a work-out room was now more or less unused except for a pottery studio affiliated with the parks and recreation department. “We started formulating a plan for how we could move the pottery studio down to the community center in Fork Union,” said Stephens, “by renovating one of their classrooms down there. Then we renovated the basement of the gym.” The cost-friendly renovation, said Stephens, included new ceiling tiles, LED efficient lights, new paint, and floor tiles where needed.
After the MACAA thrift shop moved into its bright new space, its old location stood empty. So public works, grounds, and personnel moved into that space, said Stephens, and established a shop. That move, in turn, opened up space in the basement of the treasurer’s office, where those folks used to be.
For various reasons including security and the lack of restrooms in its current location, the information technology (IT) department was selected to move into the newly-vacated space in the basement of the treasurer’s office.