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The historic courtroom is being restored.

Courtroom preservation is costing the county

Published 10:20 am Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Preserving the traditional 1835 courtroom in the new Franklin County Judicial Center is costing the county.

During Mondays meeting, members of the Project Development Board approved two change orders totaling almost $80,000, with the majority of the changes affecting the historic courtroom.

Codell Construction Manager Bill Bridges presented seven changes to board members, which he said should be the most expensive changes for the rest of the project. He also mentioned the project is still within budget.

The change orders approved unanimously by the board included:

>$3,322 for sump pumps in elevator shafts;

>$1,766 for a steel plate to cover a storm water tank manhole;

>$8,602 to furnish and install epoxy floor fill in a corridor;

>$5,622 to install a softer finish on a wall with a potentially sharp and dangerous rock foundation where prisoners will walk;

>$1,840 to skim-coat the half dome in the 1835 courtroom;

>$47,526 to use a glidwall coating system on the entire wall of existing plaster conditions in the 1835 courtroom; and,

>$2,954 to install a gypsum board in the 1835 courtroom.

Construction manager and architect fees also added more than $8,000 to the change orders.

Bridges told board members the biggest issue was the plaster in the historic courtroom, and now that its taken care of, the rest of the changes with the project should be small.

For me, it wasnt unexpected, Bridges said. Until you get in there and really start fixing it up, its hard to tell what youve got to deal with.

The board also discussed the columns going up in front of the courthouse, and paint colors for the historic 1835 courtroom.

Commonwealths Attorney Larry Cleveland said he doesnt like how the columns look so far.

From street level, it looks like a big fence in front of it, Cleveland said. I just wanted to get that off my chest.

Other board members also expressed concern, but tried to keep open minds.

I think we just gotta trust them and see what happens, Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate said.

Bridges said he thinks board members will be pleased when the columns are finished.

Wait til you see it when were done, Bridges said. Its going to look good.

As for the paint colors, board members decided they want to see a mock version of how the different colors will look on the walls.

They plan to see the mock up and tour the courthouse during the next meeting, April 22.