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New-look Waymire Building reopens

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Renovated dome building unveiled

By Kevin Denke

BRIGHTON - Adams County officials reopened the Waymire Building, commonly known as the dome building, at the county fairgrounds Thursday after an 11-month renovation.

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The renovations included improvements to the floor and ceiling as well as lighting and acoustics, new light-bar trusses and ceiling heights to provide for both current and future lighting and sound system technologies. The top of the dome was opened to allow natural light. New light-colored rubber flooring was also installed.

The 40-year-old facility’s adjacent annex building was also demolished during the renovation and the former space incorporated into the new building.

Chairman of the Adams County board of commissioners Alice Nichol said, prior to a ceremonial ribbon cutting, that they wanted to preserve the landmark characteristics of the building and be fiscally responsible in updating it.

“Our goal was to effectively turn the 1968 geometric landmark into a 2008 historic, eco-landmark, user friendly and earth friendly,” she said.

County commissioner Skip Fischer said the project successfully blended the old and the new.

“I’m grateful we could preserve the best of the dome and build on what has truly become a county landmark,” Fischer said.