|Courts project on schedule|
The Washington County Courts project on Jackson Street is on schedule to be completed in early August, according to Fred Clunie with Koetter Construction.
Clunie told the Washington County Commissioners at their regular meeting March 21 that if all continues to progress as expected the building should be turned over to the county in early August.
“The beginning of August is where we feel like where we are going to be at to turn it over to where you can start bringing in your staff,” he said. “You’re going to have a few weeks to get acclimated. I ain’t going to turn it over on Tuesday and you’re going to move in Wednesday.
“There will be an adjustment period, but we feel pretty good about where we’re at for the beginning of August.”
Clunie’s update (as of March 21) included:
Exterior of the the store front windows going in -- 65-75% complete, minus some glass installed.
The interior footprint, interior framing, Clunie said, is probably 80 percent complete. “We are lacking the jury rooms on the west side of the court rooms. And there is a couple of small miscellaneous restroom groups, as well,” he said. “There are some platforms for the judges chambers that we also need to do. Other than those, the outline of the new addition is framed.”
Clunie said about 50-60 percent of the drywall has been installed and in the next two to three weeks, workers will begin working on finishes.
The limestone on the masonary is about 50 percent done, Clunie told the commissioners.
“All the electrical, mechanical, plumbing, we are probably 80 percent done with that type of stuff,” he said. “So that’s coming along quite nicely.”
Clunie said all of the roof is just about in place. He said there is still some framing that needs to be done before the roof can be completed entirely.
“That will come together in the next month and getting the exteriror walls tidied up,” he said.
Clunie said as far as the public is concerned, they will be noticing a big change as the public entrance is changed to the south side.
“We are gearing up so we can get in there and do the renovation aspect of the project,” he said. “That’s going to be quite involved and is going to take a lot of help from the sheriff’s department.”
Clunie said the change in the public entrance is expected to take place in the next two to three weeks.
“We are going to have to talk to Sheriff (Roger) Newlon to see if we can get some of that parking space that his staff is currently using and maybe create some public and handicap parking to get the public into the new corridor and into the lobby area where the dispatch is,” Clunie said.
“We have talked in general terms, but we have not nailed down all the specifics.”
The roof top units are in place, but are still needing electric and gas ran to them, Clunie said.
Clunie invited the commissioners to take a tour of the facility in late April or early May to get a better idea of what the new facility is going to look like.
The County’s IT manager Bill Bradford gave the commissioners an update.
He said Mainstream has fiber connections installed in all the county buildings and all but one router in.
The last one was set to be mounted last week in the courthouse.
“After that they told me they need about a week of engineering changes,” Bradford said. “Their goal is to be live by the end of next week.”
Bradford said once Mainstream is live and tested the county’s new phone system will be installed.
The phone system vendor is Matrix.
“Once we have a good internet connection they (Matrix) needs a week of engineering to make sure everything is OK, then they put in the ports of our numbers from Frontier,” Bradford said. “Best case, in four or five weeks we should be live on the new phone system.”
Bradford said that will be in all county buildings.
With the new phone system, all county numbers will remain the same.
Bradford also updated the commissioners on the court technology.
“That equipment is here and they will be coming in and doing the wiring for that in two or three weeks,” Bradford said. “They are coming in for three phases.”