Managers at HRM say the renovations to City Hall are coming in under budget.
Work is underway to re-face the outer surface of the iconic building on Argyle Street.
Now with a newly elected council, comes new council chambers.
A lot of things have changed. There is a new mayor, seven fewer councillors down from 23 to 16. With a smaller council comes a new design for the council chamber.
"We're going to be organizing it a little bit different so councillors will be at one end of the room, and the public at the other," said Terry Callaghan with HRM Facility Development. "So a much safer environment for everybody."
Everything in the room has been stripped away, even the floor and the wobbly support joists that used to hold it up. When that work is complete the new furniture will be moved in.
The cozy $1,000 chairs that outgoing mayor Peter Kelly once very publicly protested against, will stay. The big wooden desks that councillors had a hard time seeing over, are gone for good.
"They were nailed to the floor, plywood," said Callaghan. "This is a much more stripped down approach to the furniture. It's lighter and it'll change the esthetics of the room."
The work is being done partly with the savings realized from the work done on the outside of the building.Three years ago crews started re-facing the stone on the structure. That work is under budget and the federal government recently came up with $1.3 million in additional funding.
"So we took an $8 million project originally and we're going to be delivering it for under $6 million," said Callaghan.
With the extra money, the city will also replace the old oil furnace with a natural gas heating system.
When the current renovations are complete the job will cost $300,000.