New courthouse plans taking shape

Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 10:08 am

Plans to build a new $44 million courthouse building are underway and on schedule. The board of supervisors approved the project in late November and at this point, the plan is still in the design phase.

John Budesky

John Budesky

“Moseley Architects will continue their work on redesigning of the building [including original plans],” said John Budesky, deputy county administrator.

Although Budesky said not much work was done in December because he was out for surgery, they are back on track.

The county signed a new contract Jan. 9 with the architects.

Now county staff is scheduling meetings with judges and the sheriff’s, office along with other stakeholders, so they can revisit the original design plan and make any changes based on the needs of each department.

“We’ve prepared [for changes] in our time frame,” Budesky said.

He said there are a number of new judges and employees who were not around when the project was first proposed in 2008. It was set for groundbreaking in 2010, but the new building was halted because of a lack of funds.

Just recently the architects met with Commonwealth’s Attorney Trip Chalkley to address design needs for his office, which will be the newest addition to the plan.

After the series of meetings and the design is solidified, the next phase of the project is to go out and get construction bids that are competitive.

“We’re hoping to reward a contract by the fall,” Budesky said.

At the moment, the project is on schedule.

In addition, Budesky said they still expect the project to cost at or below the estimated amount.

“My hope is that’s the high end of projections,” he said. “Honestly I’m hoping that’ll go down.”

He said the final price will depend on the construction bids the county receives for the building.

The county is applying to participate in a bond pool with the Virginia Resources Authority in the spring.

Budesky is confident they will be approved and receive necessary funds for the project because the county meets the criteria.

Currently county officials are meeting each month to give updates on the project to the Board of Supervisors’ facilities committee.

The proposed 108,400-square-foot facility would have six total courtrooms — two each for District, Circuit and Juvenile courts — and would be located behind the current Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

The building is scheduled to be built and ready for use by 2017.

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