Orange County Government Center(600)

GOSHEN, N.Y.: The Times Herald-Record quotes desingLAB architects’ Robert Miklos on the fate of the Orange County Government Center, a Paul Rudolph–designed icon that has been closed for nearly a year due to storm damage as officials debate its fate. Miklos, who testified before a five-member committee assembled to consider the question. The architect brings an important asset to the debate: experience.

Miklos testified about his experience upgrading the University of Massachusetts library designed by Rudolph for Dartmouth, Mass. “You can absolutely achieve a watertight roof condition on a building of this type,” he told the committee.

The Orange County Legislature has voted against replacing the Brutalist building, but it has yet to decide what to do with it. The Times Herald-Record’s Chris McKenna notes that cost estimates for the building’s preservation are still largely a matter of guesswork: County consultants have reportedly estimated that replacing the walls would cost $11.4 million, but Miklos says that it’s unlikely that the outside walls need to be replaced at all. Next up for the Government Center: further study from architects and engineers to determine what kind of work the building actually needs.