Justice Center ahead of schedule, budget
by Alan Reed
Oct 17, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Thanks to a favorable market for bonds sold to finance the new Justice Center, the Trigg County Project Development Board finds itself with a full contingency fund of $1.1 million to put toward the new building.

Construction Manager Richard Mitchell of Codell Construction asked the board to consider using the original plan for the clock tower’s height to be offset from the western tower’s by an additional 20 feet.

Project Architect Dennis Arthur said that the tower was left at the same level as the western tower, 75 feet as a portion of the value-engineering program when bids were accepted.

“This will cost $67,904, and is already about twice the height of anything downtown,” said Mitchell, adding that the tower, if elevated, would equal the maximum height of the emergency services antenna on the old courthouse building. “It comes to $4,240 per foot, and (AOC Representative Vance Mitchell) asked the Project Development Board to vote on the issue.” He said that the issue would have to be decided during the meeting due to the need to purchase structural steel for the tower. He said that the extra space in the higher tower had no practical area, and served an ornamental function only.

The contingency fund, according to Mitchell, may be spent at the discretion of the Project Board and the Administrative Office of the Courts. He said that some of the fund might be needed for unforeseen expenses, though that the wainscoat paneling had been added back into the plan. Mitchell said that the former Trigg County Jail was not yet scheduled for demolition and the site prepared as a parking area- another feature in the original plans. He said that once the building had reached a halfway point on completion, the board had the option of examining other options.

“We are probably in good shape with the towers being of equal height,” said Board Member and Circuit Judge CA. “Woody” Woodall III. “I think we should probably stick with that. It’s high enough as it is.”

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