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Building Exterior Faces Backlash

ORW Public Health BuildingMEDFORD, Ore. — Some community members are complaining about the appearance of the public health building currently under construction next to City Hall.

The Jackson County Public Health Department is set to be in the new building and use a team approach to serve the public.

And because the building is on a fixed budget, the health officials chose to focus more on the quality of services and inside of the facility, rather than its exterior. The green and brown metal shingles were significantly cheaper than brick, according to the project’s architect.

David Wilkerson, the Principal Architect at ORW, says the appearance is pushing the envelope. Wilkerson believes the initial sheen on the shingles may have been somewhat shocking to people.

The colors were chosen to compliment the surrounding buildings. The browns and greens were also chosen to compliment the park nearby.

The project is slated for completion by November 1st.