Oak Bluffs town hall employees will soon say goodbye to their temporary work trailers and move into the renovated town hall building, following more than a year of construction.

Assistant town administrator Wendy Brough updated the select board on the move-in process at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

View from the back. Three-story building is highly energy efficient. — Mark Alan Lovewell

Town offices will be closed on Feb. 17 and 18 for moving in, and the renovated town hall will officially open Feb. 22.

During the move-in process, Ms. Brough said there will be some temporary shut down in services, including the town website and town emails, which she hopes will be brief.

Ms. Brough said she hopes Oak Bluffs residents will “just have a little patience with us” during the move.

“The idea, though, is to have minimal intrusion,” town administrator Deborah Potter said.

The highly energy efficient, three-story new building replaces the former town hall, which was an elementary school before it was repurposed as a town hall. After years of little in the way of maintenance or upgrades, the building was in extremely poor condition.

Years in the making, the $13.3 million project involved a complete redesign and renovation on the site. The general contractor for the project is Delbrook JKS Construction of Falmouth. Designers and architects were Ned Collier and Stephen Moore of Icon Architects.

The building will be fully accessible for people with handicaps, among other features.

Town employees moved into the temporary trailers in September 2020 when construction got under way.

At the meeting Tuesday, Ms. Potter said the new building has a complicated HVAC system. She said the town will likely need to hire outside contractors for maintenance.

“Even though we might be moving in, it’s still going to be about a year for us to get used to the systems there,” Ms. Potter said.

In addition to discussing the logistical issues that will be involved in the move, select board members lauded the new building and the work that has been done to complete it.

“I had the luxury of going on a tour the other day . . . it’s really come out nice,” board member Ryan Ruley said. “It’s pretty crazy to see the inside now compared to two, three months ago.”

Board chairman Brian Packish agreed.

“The renovation of the building really saved a piece of our town,” he said.