The air conditioning system is out of order in the Osage Nation’s Law Building and the temperature outside is 91 degrees. The sweltering conditions inside the building may impact office hours for the workers in the building.
In the meantime, air conditioners have been ordered and the subcontractor responsible for installing the state-of-the-art temperature control unit will be there Wednesday to fix it, said Bruce Cass, director of the Tribal Development and Land Acquisition office.
“One of the compressors has a big crack … the air conditioning unit is under warranty … it broke down yesterday,” Cass said. “If it breaks, now’s the time for it to break down because it’s still under warranty.”
Cass said if all goes to plan, the air conditioning should be fixed this week in the 18,000-square-foot, two-story building. The Law Building houses the Police Department, the Attorney General’s Office, and the Office of the Treasury, accounting department and Emergency Management.
The building has sustainable energy features such as the temperature control system that uses natural light, water, fans and pumps to cool and heat the buildings. The cost of the law building and new Welcome Center was $24.6 million.
Due to the hot building temperatures, a scheduled blood drive was moved from the Law Building to the Osage County Health Department. The blood drive will last until 3 p.m. and the health department is on 15th Street in Pawhuska just east of the hospital.
Employees working in the building were granted administrative leave Monday afternoon. Around 10 a.m. today employees were using fans and cold washrags to keep cool.
Employees and visitors should call ahead if needing services from the Law Building departments.
Accounting/ Treasury Department can be reached at (918) 287-5251.
The Attorney General’s Office can be reached at (918) 287-5514.
The Police Department can be reached at (918) 287-5510.