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March 19, 2013

New courthouse architect may be named next week

— By Kim West

A new architect could be chosen on March 27 to take the reins on the $3 million ongoing renovations at the Limestone County Courthouse.

During Monday’s meeting, Commission Chairman Stanley Menefee asked the commission to consider choosing an architect during next week’s work session.

The county has received floor plans for renovations to the second, third and fourth floors of the courthouse from former project architect, 2WR. But Menefee said 2WR has not provided finalized mechanical and electrical bid documents.

The Montgomery firm was released from its contract on Feb. 27 after being hired in January 2012.

Settlement negotiations are ongoing between the county and 2WR, which has been paid $184,247.89 of the approximately $252,000 original contract.

Menefee asked the commission to be ready to make a decision next week in order to move forward with courthouse work. Plans are still underway to move the second and third-floor court system to the Limestone County Event Center in May or June to allow the renovations to be completed sooner.


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