Building permits, construction costs down in McPherson

By Chris Swick
October 07, 2015

Total building permits are down from last year as last year's roofing boom continues to have an effect on this year's numbers.

McPherson City Lead Building Inspector Bill Athey says that total building permits year to date are at 727, down 26 percent from last year. That is largely due to a 273 permit difference in roofing from last year to now.

Athey adds total construction costs are also down very slightly at one percent, sitting at $28.047 million.

“The monthly costs have been relatively flat for the past four months, but showed the possibility of having a slight increase,” Athey said. “It is anticipated that these will begin to trend upwards based on the upcoming projects.”

The city does have a number of projects either in progress or getting ready to start. One such project already under way is at Viega.

“Floor slabs are complete in the office areas,” Athey said. “The structural floor slabs are underway in the production areas and should be completed in five weeks. The roof structure is complete. Sidewall enclosure in the production area begins Oct. 19.”

Athey says he has recently issued certificates of occupancy to Great Plains Family Medicine and Nooks and Crannies and plans to issue one this week to Washington Elementary School.

Upcoming projects include the Fairfield Inn and Hutchinson Clinic.