May 18th, 2017
Remodeling of the Ward County Courthouse is essentially complete, with a certificate of occupancy issued on Monday.
The project, projected to cost about $3.69 million, is tracking to return a savings of about $300,000, Brian Kunz with Adolfson & Peterson Construction said.
"This is a result of unused portions of allowances, as well as overall project savings due to good decisions on the project made by the project team, which includes Ward County, JLG Architects and the entire design team, as well as the Contractor and all of the vendors and Subcontractors working on the project. Costs of the project will be finalized in the coming month," Kunz said in a prepared statement.
As a final piece of the remodeling, the Ward County Commission Tuesday accepted a bid a final asbestos abatement and approved carpeting in the former state’s attorney portion of the Courthouse. The area will be used to house filing cabinets and provide a recess area for judges and meeting space for attorneys and clients.
Meanwhile, work is proceeding on a separate project to construct a jail expansion. The jail construction and proposed remodeling on the existing jail is the final phase of county building construction, which included a new office building that opened at the end of 2015.
In separate action, the commission approved spending $7,700 to contract with Houston Engineering for assistance from its planner, Donna Bye, with planning and zoning administration while the county searches for a new planning director to replace Amber Turnquist, who recently left employment with the county.