Time capsule likely for new Pitkin County building
December 25, 2017
The new Pitkin County administration building under construction on Main Street will likely include a buried time capsule, though its size and location are still to be determined.
Rich Englehart, the county's chief operating officer, told commissioners earlier this week that he and Pitkin County Manager Jon Peacock had spoken about possibly including a time capsule and asked if county board members were interested.
"Oh, yeah," Commissioner Patti Clapper said.
Commissioner Rachel Richards said she thought it might be a little late for such a project because such items are usually placed in a corner foundation. The building is far beyond that point now and slated to be finished in the spring or early summer.
Peacock, however, said the foundation is not the optimal location.
"You want to do it where they can dig it back up without destroying the building," he said.
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Englehart suggested burying the capsule beneath a sign made of stone announcing the building on Main Street, though he said in a later interview that no particular location has been identified.
As for the prospective contents of a time capsule, Englehart said county departments might each choose an item representing this era. Commissioner Steve Child suggested burying the contents in an "internal combustion engine," while Commissioner Greg Poschman liked the idea of including the public in determining what goes in to the capsule.
Commissioner Rachel Richards said she thought the selection process could become tricky under Poschman's scenario and suggested that county staff first come up with a size for the capsule and bring the idea back to the county board.
"We will start down that road," Englehart said.
The new building — slated to be called "Pitkin County Administration and Public Safety" — is located at 530 E. Main St., next door to the new Aspen Police Department building that also is under construction.
The county's new $24.6 million digs will include the remodeled 17,000-square-foot former Courthouse Plaza Building — where county offices were previously located — as well as a new 24,000-square-foot addition. Most county offices were temporarily moved to a building in Basalt during the construction.