An after-hours remodeling project began this week on the Thurston County Superior Court’s entryway and lobby.
The nearly $43,000 project is designed to improve security and increase space, among other needs, according to county spokeswoman Meghan Porter.
Meanwhile, county officials are continuing to look at options for remodeling or relocating the county’s courthouses and offices, she said.
So far, remodeling crews have moved items and done preparation work for the project in Building 2, Porter said.
Demolition work needed for the remodeling is scheduled to begin after Thanksgiving, most likely around Nov. 28, although that date could change due to the delivery of items, Porter said. Most people shouldn’t be affected by the work.
“The construction will take place on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends and should not affect the court’s ability to be open and operational during business hours, though some areas may be blocked off during construction,” according to a county news release. “Construction is expected to be completed by the middle of March 2017.”
Christensen Inc. of Tumwater was awarded a bid for the project, which includes demolition, installation of new walls and electrical, drywall, paint and recycling of the old materials.
It’s being paid for with money out of a designated Trial Court Improvement Account, according to Superior Court administrator Pam Hartman Beyer.
“Although it is clear that no amount of renovation can adequately fix the security and space needs for Building 2, Superior Court administration is moving forward with a remodel of the entryway, court administration space and law library in order to improve current security, better use existing space and address courthouse user needs,” Hartman Beyer said.