The final winner would be designated to design and build a new city hall.
After a closed session and about 2(0 minutes of open discussion on Thursday afternoon, the council decided on PGA&W, the hometown firm.
Councilmember Tom Tilman, who sits on the steering committee for the new building, was a major supporter of that architect. The city worked with that firm on the fire station that was built on 100 South.
“His attentiveness to that project on the fire station was impressive,” the councilman said, speaking of PGA&W project lead Bill Gould. “He was there a lot.”
Construction on the $4.8 million building is expected to start in January and be completed within 14 months. Then, the city arts center and museum will move into a renovated version of the existing city hall.