City Hall Officially Dedicated as William E. Dollar Municipal Building
Garland City Hall has a fresh, new look and a new name.
City Hall has undergone a dramatic renovation during the past three years and now boasts a beautiful new entryway and atrium as well as a rejuvenated exterior.
On Friday, March 3, the building was officially rededicated as the William E. Dollar Municipal Building, although most will still refer to it as simply City Hall.
William E. Dollar served the City of Garland for nearly 44 years, including 12 years as city manager. He became recognized as an authority in the areas of public works and utility services. Mr. Dollar is a Garland native and began his career with the City as a design engineer in 1971. He later served as director of Wastewater Treatment and direct of Public Works. In 1985, he became assistant city manager of Utility Services and was appointed as city manager in 2003. Mr. Dollar retired June 1, 2015.
“Having a building named after you is very gratifying…and particularly this building, because it’s the City Hall of Garland where I’ve spent most of my work life—almost 44 years,” said Mr. Dollar. “It means so much to have been here my entire career and to see the city progress. I’m so proud of the Garland community.”
During the rededication ceremony, Garland Mayor Douglas Athas presented Mr. Dollar with a commemorative plaque to be installed inside City Hall.
“The entire building is being dedicated today, but most important is this renaming ceremony for William E. Dollar, Bill Dollar, who retired from the City just about a year ago,” said Mayor Athas. “The time the building has been here almost mirrors the length of time he worked here as a City employee, first in the Engineering department, then rising through the ranks to become city manager.”
The William E. Dollar Municipal Building features a fresh, contemporary new exterior and an open, airy public area with informational displays. A new production stage for the City’s Public & Media Relations Department was constructed on the first floor, along with technology upgrades for the City Council meeting rooms. The building also underwent code and safety updates as well as general interior maintenance updates during the renovation process.
The re-facing of the City Hall building was just part of a second wave of a major Downtown Garland redevelopment program that included continuation of a transit-oriented development providing 153 new apartment units, a second parking structure in Downtown and many streetscape amenities.
City Hall renovations were part of Phase II of Garland’s downtown redevelopment efforts. For more information, visit GarlandTX.gov and click on the Downtown Redevelopment button.