By Kim West
Replacement of the windows at the Limestone County Courthouse is underway as part of the estimated $2 million courthouse renovation project.
The courthouse has 138 windows on the three floors, and the first window was installed Tuesday, said Brian Moore, president of Martin & Cobey, Inc., an Athens construction firm overseeing the courthouse renovations.
“The long side of the courthouse has 18 windows on the side, and the north and south sides — the short sides — have four windows on each end,” Moore said. “The third floor has four extra windows than the first and second floors, which have the steps.”
The current courthouse windows were installed in the 1970s. These windows are not insulated and have severe leakage. The new windows are designed to be soundproof and include insulated glass and frames.
McInerney & Associates of Nashville was awarded the window replacement project with a low of bid of $305,800. The first window was installed to ensure compatibility, and work will continue beginning next Monday until the project has been completed late this month or early January 2013.
“They are scheduled to be here Monday through Friday of next week, and it should take two to three weeks to complete,” Moore said. “It would have to be pouring-down raining (to cause a delay.) The main thing is working around the courthouse schedule and the holiday schedule.”