Greene County officials looking to build courthouse addition to house criminal justice center
Andrea Macko is reporting for Porcupine Soup that Greene County officials are moving forward with plans to build an addition on to the back of the county courthouse in Catskill to house the Greene County Public Defender and District Attorney offices, as well as the New York State Office of Court Administration. On Dec. 15 the County Legislature released a 186-page Request for Qualifications, or RFQ, for architectural and engineering services for design and construction. The criminal justice center is to be located on Bridge Street on the site of the former jail that was demolished earlier this year. The RFQ is the beginning of the process beginning with an evaluation of the space needs of the occupants to determine the overall size of the building. According to the RFQ, the construction budget is to be between $12 and $18 million. Preliminary building evaluations indicate a potential building footprint of 16,000 gross square feet per floor and include the potential for an optional 3,000 gross square foot per floor building on the southern portion of the property that fronts Clarke Street. A two-story 2,160 square foot garage, located along Clarke Street and commonly referred to as the Carriage House, will be used as part of the new criminal justice center. The RFQ calls for the reuse of approximately 3,500 square feet of historic Ohio Sandstone blocks preserved from the old jail. The historic courthouse was built in 1910 and then renovated in 2009. The project timeline starts with the selection of the architectural design team in March 2022; moving on to concept design in May 2022; and construction documents and bidding in August of 2022. Contracts will be awarded to the principal contractors in November of 2022. A 16-month construction schedule is anticipated with a final completion date in June 2024. Read the full story at porcupinesoup [dot] com.