The addition is part of a series of improvements — expected to cost more than $60 million — planned on every building in the government complex in Lebanon, an effort that began about five years ago.
But competing priorities, including a $50 million-plus jail project, and cost overruns have delayed it.
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About a decade ago, Kirby drew up the original design for the court and detention center. The commissioners sent the judge, his staff and contractors hired for the project back to the drawing board after reviewing a $7 million, 16,700-square-foot plan.
K2M was replaced by Elevar as the project architect. The footprint was downsized to 11,600 square feet with a projected pricetag of $3.5 million.
This and other county projects have been stalled by cost overruns spurred at least partly by recent rising construction costs.
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On Tuesday, Elevar representatives presented the final design and estimated the cost at just over $4.2 million, including additions, such as $217,000 for a new entrance vestibule with bulletproof glass.
In response to questions from Commissioner Tom Grossmann, who is a lawyer, Kirby confirmed the new facilities were designed for the day when Warren County has separate juvenile and probate courts.
“We’re nowhere close to it,” Kirby said, adding the change would require state legislative action.
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