The Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency is delaying moving into its new headquarters off Soscol Avenue east of downtown by about a week while the construction work wraps up.
The agency was scheduled to move in on Nov. 15, but that’s now been pushed back to Nov. 21, said Larry Gawell, an NCTPA program manager. A major overhaul of the routes for the VINE bus system is timed to roll out with the completion of the new $12 million headquarters, and is still set for Dec. 3.
“We are in the final throes of finishing the project,” Gawell said Friday.
Gawell said crews are focusing on putting in phone lines and installing computers, while finishing up work on the building’s exterior. This weekend they’ll be installing all the glass in the building and testing its heating and air conditioning systems to ensure they work. The facility already has electricity connected to it.
“We have power to the building,” Gawell said. “We are hot and everything works.”
Gawell said there’s been some minor delays in getting the building ready for NCTPA staff to occupy, but it’s been “run of the mill” such as delays in getting materials delivered.
With the move, which adds bus capacity to the transit center, NCTPA is redesigning the VINE routes to make them more frequent and convenient to riders. The old center on Pearl Street, next to Kohl’s department store, could not have handled the planned convergence of so many buses for improved ease of transferring.
NCTPA Executive Director Kate Miller said the delays were disappointing but she’s willing to sacrifice time to make sure the project is finished in the right way.
“It’s a little bit disappointing,” Miller said. “It was sort of to be expected. We’ll be patient.”
Gawell said the new headquarters will be worth the wait.
“I think the city and the county will be real happy with what they see,” Gawell said. “They have a real asset.”