Commissioners move forward with courthouse annexation project
The former Cloud Peak Energy building on S. Gillette Avenue will soon undergo a facelift as Campbell County Commissioners finalized the first two phases of the annex renovation project at their Feb. 3 meeting.
Project Manager Kyle Gillette of Schutz Foss Architects, P.C. presented the commissioners with design plans for the project. The first two phases, Gillette said, will cost $3.4 million, with additional add-on options totaling up to $4.1 million.
Commissioners gave the go ahead for approximately $1.4 million and placed several items on hold including a potential skybridge connecting the two buildings over S. Gillette Avenue.
Last February, the commission had approved the purchase of the former Cloud Peak Energy building at a cost of $2.9 million, which they considered a steal for the 35,000-square-foot space at $83 per square foot.
By comparison, past purchases for county buildings have run as high as $300 per square foot.
Commissioners unanimously agreed it was time to move the project forward.
“I would recommend we get moving on this ASAP.” – Chairman DG Reardon
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Commissioners approved $308,000 for the first phase, which consists of moving emergency management offices into the annex basement and remodeling the first floor to make room for guardian ad litem, public defenders, and Adult Treatment Courts offices, as well as an ADA-compliant restroom.
Meanwhile, at the courthouse, phase one construction includes demolishing the public defender and adult treatment courts offices and reconstructing a corridor. The idea of building a new Circuit Court courtroom has been temporarily shelved, along with the demolition of one courtroom, chambers and jury area, and other proposed work that had been budgeted at $2.7 million.
Commissioners also approved the second phase of the project for the annex portion at the cost of $750,000, to include a second-floor remodel and the creation of a west entrance and three-stop elevator.
At the courthouse building, phase two includes basement demo, a redo of the human resources offices, minor remodel to the juvenile probation area, two new conference rooms, and new offices for the commissioners for $351,500.
Costs approved for the project at this point total just over $1.4 million. The commissioners had previously budgeted $600,000 in this fiscal year for design plans and initial construction.
The construction schedule will be discussed at the next commission meeting on Feb. 18.