The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 27, 2013

Architect selected for courthouse renovations

By Kim West

— The Limestone County Commission has authorized Chairman Stanley Menefee to negotiate a contract with a new architect for the $3 million courthouse renovations.

Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood of Montgomery was selected by the commission to take the reins after the county terminated its contract with the initial project architect, 2WR, on Feb. 28.

GMC is currently working on the 24-cell jail expansion project at the Limestone County Jail. Commissioner Bill Latimer said hiring GMC would allow the county to restart the stalled renovations, which he described as “six months behind now.”

“They’re already here, and they can give us a discount on their services. We can amend their contract with us to work on the courthouse, and we can negotiate (a percentage fee) with them,” said Latimer.

Building plans have already been provided by 2WR, which lost its contract after failing to provide mechanical and electrical bid documents. The county initially expected the courthouse project to conclude by November 2012.