Courts project should be completed by August

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The courts expansion project is on track to be completed by August.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners heard an update during its Tuesday, March 21, meeting on the $4.7 million building project at the courts facility along Martinsburg Road.

Fred Clunie, of Koetter Construction, said about 80 percent of the structure has been framed, with only jury rooms, a couple restrooms and platforms for the judges’ benches still needing framing. Once framing is completed drywall installation will begin. The front of the building, or the storefront, is about 70 percent complete.

More than 50 percent of the limestone installation is finished. The electrical and plumbing rough-in is about 80 percent completed.

Once the new construction is completed, the renovation to the existing structure will begin.

In about two or three weeks, Clunie said the public entrance to the building will be moved from the north to the south side of the building. The public will also have to park on the south side of the building. He said they will consult with the sheriff’s department to work out details before that change is made.

If work continues at the present pace and weather remains good, Clunie said county employees could begin the process of moving into the space in August. Superior court is currently housed in a temporary facility on Webb Street.

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