Boyce Council Proceeds With Town Hall Renovation Plans

The Boyce Town Council convened Tuesday night kicking off the New Year by diving into renovation issues with the Town Hall. Last year the building was closed because portions of the ceiling tiles collapsed while the building was unoccupied. The damage was not structural but it did add to the list of renovations and updates that were being considered for the aging building. The town initiated an assessment and bid process and the results were reviewed at last night’s meeting. In attendance were representatives from Main Street Architecture and H&W Construction to discuss details with council members.

Boyce, Virginia Town Hall - Photo Edward Leonard

The scope of work for the current bid includes:

  • Demolition and repair of ceiling in main room, which would include insulation and attic work.
  • Renovation of bathroom including handicap accessibility
  • Replacement of HVAC duct work
  • Replacement of existing electric furnace with energy efficient HVAC heat pump

The discussion began with the bottom line. The wish-list of renovations for the town hall came to a total of $60,858. This was far in excess of what the council had initially expected. However, their initial findings were based on ballpark estimates from vendors and did not include the full scope that is now under consideration. Kenneth Livingston from Main Street Architecture said, “Now that we’ve added the ceiling it’s coming up to more than we estimated.”

Boyce Mayor Franklin Roberts, said, “We have to do something with that because it’s higher than we anticipated.”

This moved the discussion to prioritization. Some of the renovations are considered “must be done” and others are considered optional. Even the approach to some of the work lends itself to prioritization. In particular, the way in which the collapsed ceiling will be addressed. The repairs could simply replace the insulation and acoustic ceiling tiles, or this could be used as an opportunity to return the room to it’s full height ceiling. Ripping out the acoustic ceiling tiles would be an aesthetic improvement but would entail extensive plaster work and replacement of crown molding and other trim details. The council has asked for both approaches to be broken out so they can decide which is the better alternative.

Other options include keeping the electric furnace which is still functional. While an energy efficient heat pump would save money long term the option may not make sense in the short term. Also the bathroom renovation could be put off.

At the end of the discussion the priorities that the council established were as follows:

  1. First Priority. Replace duct work, minimum repairs to ceiling, and insulation replacement.
  2. Second Priority- New Heat pump
  3. Third Priority- Bathroom renovations
  4. Fourth Priority- improved ceiling repair taking ceiling back to original height

The council has tasked the architect and contractor to revise numbers for review at the next council meeting.


  1. Oh Boy… as if our exorbitant water bill isnt enough, now we are going to pick up the tab for this!