Brookings Postmaster Bob Boicoff said a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held next Tuesday, Aug. 22, to celebrate the completion and opening of the new city post office.

Well have a little ceremony at 9 a.m. and then conduct tours of the building, Postmaster Boicoff said.

The new post office opened for business on Monday, July 31, within a few days of one year after groundbreaking ceremonies were held.

A group of about 100 postal service employees, city officials and others gathered July 27, 1999, for the groundbreaking ceremonies and work began immediately afterward.

Winter storms and delays in delivery of specially-colored concrete blocks delayed the construction schedule.

The move into the new building was conducted in mid-May, after which the old post office building was torn down. The discovery of asbestos in the old building delayed demolition for about a week.

Patrons used the entrance on Wharf Street while the plaza at the main entrance was under construction.

A walkway from the parking lot on Railroad Street to the side entrance was put into use in mid-June and the main entrance doors were opened in late July

Brookings resident Frank Webre was among scores of patrons enjoying the newly-completed post office at the unofficial opening on Monday, July 31.

This is the best looking post office in all of Oregon, Webre said. And you can quote me.

The Brookings Post Office was designed by the architectural firm of Fletcher, Farr and Ayotte after consultation with Brookings city officials. The firm made a conscious effort to utilize design principles used by famed architect Bernard Maybeck who laid out the streets of Brookings and designed a number of its buildings. Eight high and wide windows give a light, open feeling to the bays containing 6,450 postal boxes.

Contractors for the $3 million facility are McCarthy Brothers Construction. Superintendent of construction is Don Chesmore.