Courthouse addition begins with excavation
Phase 2 of the county renovations has begun. The $4.5 million project adds a new addition and entry to the building’s south side and revamps the building’s interior. The building will get new and energy efficient heating, cooling and power systems. Many offices have been relocated to accommodate the work, which could take up to two years. Auditor Pam Heeren, whose office is next to the windows on the right of the photo, said the work hadn’t been too disruptive for staff until a Caterpillar bucket recently struck the building and shook the foundation. The work was begun due to needs for courtroom safety, low interest rates available and relatively low construction costs. The county is financing it by taking $2 million out of reserves and bonding the remaining $3 million at around 2 percent.