July 18, 2006
Contact: PJ Callahan
Phone: (360) 337-4481
Public Invited to Administration Building Grand Opening
on August 1
ORCHARD, WA—The Kitsap Board of County
Commissioners invites the public to join them for the Kitsap County
Administration Building Grand Opening on Tuesday, August 1, 3:00–7:00 p.m., at
619 Division Street in Port Orchard.
“This new building is really special, and we want to take time to show it
off and to celebrate,” said Commissioner Jan Angel, Chair. “This is our
opportunity to share with the public everything that’s special about this
new building. We particularly want people to enjoy the unique artwork
throughout the building, as well as the environmentally friendly features.
This building deserves to be showcased.”Beginning at 3:00
p.m., the county commissioners and elected officials will each say a few
words about the project.
Guest speakers will include Port Orchard Mayor Kim Abel and Captain Reid Tanaka, USN. Reverend Gene Jones Sr., representing the Port Gamble S’Klallam and
Suquamish tribes, will bless the building. The Bremerton High School flag corps
is scheduled to perform, and the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office Ceremonial Honor
conduct a flag raising. One of the county's oldest living former employees, past
chief deputy treasurer Emma Moore, will also be honored. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will follow at approximately
Throughout the afternoon,
visitors will be able to take guided tours of the new building and learn about its many
“green” features and artwork throughout the building. These tours will also be an opportunity for citizens to find out more
about how county government works. A presentation in the new commissioners’
chambers will trace the building’s journey from concept to completion.
Refreshments will be available, and the South Kitsap High
School jazz band is scheduled to provide entertainment during the event.
Those concerned about
parking during the Grand Opening can note that no parking tickets will be
issued around the Administration Building and Courthouse after 2:30 p.m. on
August 1, courtesy of Mayor Kim Abel. All departments will conduct business
as usual until 4:30 p.m.