After a relatively brief deliberation, the board voted unanimously in favor of Lexington-based CMW, Inc., formerly Chrisman Miller Woodford, Inc.
CMW was the first of six firms interviewed by the board, but impressed the board with its breadth and depth of experience. Since 1970, the firm has designed 38 new or renovated courthouses.
Though the final deliberation was relatively brief — about a half hour — the board understood they were about to make a decision affecting generations.
“We’re brushing shoulders with history here,” Judge Bill Cunningham said before the board’s vote.
At the suggestion of Vance Mitchell, the PDB’s advisor from the Administrative Office of the Courts, the deliberations began with a straw vote to narrow discussions to the frontrunner firms.
The tally revealed two clear frontrunners, CMW and RBS Brandstetter — Tuesday’s first presentation and Thursday’s last, respectively.
Mitchell told PDB that they couldn’t go wrong with any of the six firms.
“I thought they were six of the best firms I’ve heard,” Mitchell said.
In the end, it was CMW’s extensive experience — particularly with judicial centers — that won them PDB’s vote.
Board member Kevin Stroud voiced his preference for CMW, saying that building courthouses “is a learning process,” one that CMW certainly had the most experience with.
Judge Cunningham has dealt previously with CMW in the construction of Lyon County’s new courthouse, though he admitted to not being heavily involved.
“In all honesty, they did a darn good job without me,” he said.
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