City of Sioux Falls builds conference room that they don’t need

I am not sure if you have ever been to the HVAC challenged City Admin building, but it is pretty much just one gigantic conference room. Apparently, the city doesn’t have enough of them;

The project involved raising a ceiling at least 4 feet and painting it black and uncovering windows that had been concealed over time. The city team handled:

  • Demolition and space preparation.
  • Carpentry – framing, insulation, sheetrock, trim work and cabinetry install.
  • Electrical – piping, wiring, AV installation, light installation, appliances.
  • Plumbing – installation of all plumbing and fixtures.
  • Safe door restoration and installation.
  • Reuse of media equipment from previous Commission Room.

Contractors handled asbestos abatement, HVAC removal and reassembly, fire suppression system replacement, installation of the ceiling grid, counters and flooring, texture and painting. The project was paid for through an internal fund set aside for building repairs and upgrades.

If I had to guess, the project probably cost north of $250K, but who knows since it came out of some buried fund in finance. I wonder what the sound proofing cost?

So who gets to use this?

The conference room is designated as the mayor’s conference room, replacing a smaller one inside the mayor’s office suite, although it’s available for the building.

“We’re able to have virtual meeting, and the technology works extremely well, and that’s not necessarily something we had,” Beck said. “And ultimately when we’re bringing in individuals or even companies interested in moving here or business meetings with community leaders, it’s a really great space for hosting them.”

I guess the mayor had to move his meetings with developers and grifters out of the basement to a place that could supply snacks and beverages. Because if you are giving away the farm it’s always nice to do it with a charcuterie board on a custom built conference table.

What I find amazing is that the city administration would actually brag about blowing taxpayer money this way. Tone deaf.


#1 "Woodstock" on 06.01.22 at 8:54 pm

“Is that where they meet to make siren decisions?”….

#2 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 06.01.22 at 8:55 pm

Just enough seats for a healthy leadership team.

#3 Dr. Strangeglove on 06.01.22 at 9:09 pm

This will come in handy for the inevitable nuclear conflict with Sioux City. All we are missing is a big board:

#4 Mike Lee Zitterich on 06.01.22 at 9:13 pm

I believe that was the Northwest Corner of the First Floor Building. The office space once held the Real Estate Office closest the ‘westside’ entrance, and the Human Relations Office/Attorney Offices along the northern most part of the room. In fact, you can see the wooden wall paneling that was in the “real estate office’ in the photos. If the CITY utilized it’s own Facility Management Crew to provide much of the labor, they were able to control costs very effectively thru ‘wages’ already appropriated for the year, meaning much of the costs involved were supplies, furniture, disposable/waste fees, etc. The article says exactly where the ‘money’ derived from, from within the Facility Management Budget. Much of the Project was most likely paid for thru the Capital Program as Project #06012 which established a 2022-26 budget of $4,629,142 dollars which can be seen on pages 142 to 143. They Mayor had already appropriated $800,000 to $1,000,000 to this portion of the budget, which was approved by the City Council each of the past two years.

#5 Dr. Derecho & Mr. Haboob on 06.01.22 at 10:52 pm

Is this where they will make decisions in private before going public at the Carnegie? But then what is the Zeal for? AND haven’t they heard of Zoom?

#6 Further Fear & Loathing on 06.02.22 at 8:16 am

Is that a picture of the roundtable discussion/debate from the last school board election?

#7 Fearing the Fuhrer & More on 06.02.22 at 8:19 am

Check-out the smart board in the back. It’s not real big, but they’re still spendy. (I wonder, do people still like to play Wii?)

#8 l3wis on 06.02.22 at 9:12 am

Mike, I would rather be paying city employees to pick up branches from storm damage then to be doing vanity project remodels for the mayor.

#9 l3wis on 06.02.22 at 9:13 am

Mike, I would rather be paying city employees to pick up branches from storm damage than to be doing vanity project remodels for the mayor.

#10 "Woodstock" on 06.02.22 at 9:31 am

“Say, this Taffy Howard lady who’s running against Dusty, is she any relation to President Howard Taft?”…. #DyslexiaSucks

#11 Sick of Fearing on 06.02.22 at 9:38 am

Speaking of “Facility Management”, can’t we just commit a little insurance fraud and tell the adjuster that the siding dents at the Events Center came from the most recent tornado?

#12 Fear Not! on 06.02.22 at 11:20 am

But, it wouldn’t be a bona fide politburo without a nice conference room.

#13 Teddy Tornado on 06.02.22 at 11:25 am

I think she runs that taffy shop in Keystone, but some in Rapid claim to have known her as Howard Taffy. Stand aside Bruce, I mean Caitlyn.

#14 Teddy Tornado again.... on 06.02.22 at 11:29 am

Thune appears to be running scared, but where are his opponents? There’s nothing worse than a paranoid senator.

#15 "Woodstock" on 06.02.22 at 11:40 am

“Say, I used to know a ‘Teddy Tornado'”….. “He was from Toronto and he drove a Toronado with a lot of torque”…. (“I wonder if his mower was a Toro?”…. )

#16 D@ily Spin on 06.02.22 at 1:41 pm

Criminals need somewhere aside from the public to meet and get organized. Conference center or social club?

#17 Fear Not! on 06.04.22 at 3:29 pm

Whenever the lights are on in this conference room at night and they’re a lot of big black Lincolns parked outside, then we should be worried. #DutchMafia

(… “Say Tony, or Mario, do either of you know how to run this smart board?”…. “And where in the hell is Francesco?… )

#18 "Woodstock" on 06.04.22 at 3:31 pm

(“Personally, I’ve never known a Dutchman named Tony, Mario, or Francesco”… (“?”)… )