According to Lend Lease Inc. officials, Delaware County’s $38 million, 94,450 square-foot judicial building on North Sandusky Street in Delaware is on schedule to be completed by June 30, 2017.
“Next week we’re scheduled to start receiving a shipment of structural steel,” said Tom Latvala, superintendent of construction. “The masonry work of the west end stair towers will be done next week so we can start putting up steel.”
Lend Lease Inc. is a construction management company overseeing the judicial building project.
Gary Rutledge, vice president, had reported to county commissioners in April of a labor shortage. “It’s a labor shortage that prevented a lot of people from being able to bid on the project,” he said. “We reached out to the Cleveland market, West Virginia, Cincinnati and to all our contacts that we have thorough all the state of Ohio.”
Rutledge also told commissioners at that time that some companies were invited three to four weeks ahead of time to place bids. “In some of the cases we only got two or three bids,” he said.
Latvala said Monday that the “bidding is now over with the exception of finalizing a couple of them.”
Latvala attributes the dry weather for keeping the project on schedule.
The five-story building, with plazas between the Hayes Building and the main entrance, will have two levels of underground parking, with the lowest level for staff and the public, along with security screening equipment; with the second level parking for staff and separate in-custody defendant delivery.
The third story will house the Clerk of Courts Office, grand jury space, adult court services and public parking. The fourth and fifth stories will house courtrooms, hearing and mediation spaces. There will be in-custody defendant holding areas on all five stories for security purposes.
D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.