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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Decision Time For Commissioners on Court House Renovations

Three firms vying, not bidding, for contract.
Three major regional constructions firms are vying for the contract to spend about $1 million on renovations and roofing at the Jackson County courthouse in Marianna. Representatives from Ajax Building Corporation, Lord & Son Construction, Inc. and Peter Brown Construction, Inc., made their presentations to the Jackson County Commission Tuesday morning.
Commissioners have until the next regular meeting, on Tuesday, Jan. 25, to decide which firm will do the work. The courthouse renovations, to be paid for from a special fund that includes a grant and court fees, are expected to begin in March or April and to be completed by the end of the year.
All three firms estimated the costs to be from $200,000 to $300,000 for a new roof; $200,000 or more in glass and glazing and up to $400,000 in exterior restoration. The special building fund includes about $1.1 million, said county administrator Ted Lakey. The county has already retained the services of Donofro and Associates as the architectural firm that will be working with the contractors. The architects will be paid about 7 percent of the total construction costs, said Paul Donofro Jr.
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