Courthouse retro-fitting project starts

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Brian Bullock of Santa Maria Times posted an articl eabout modular units being installed into a Courthouse. You can view a full version of this article here


Just when it looked like modular buildings were on their way out at the Santa Maria Superior Courthouse, a new one has been delivered.

Specialty Crane hoisted two sections of a new modular building over the courthouse’s Building C early Monday as retro-fitting work on the existing courthouse is set to begin.

The project will increase the seismic stability of the courthouse, said Bob Nisbet, county general services director

The modular will be used to relocate offices in Buildings A and B while they are disconnected from the main building to make them less prone to earthquake damage. The retro-fit is scheduled to be complete in May 2012.

While that project kicks off, work on the new 18,650-square-foot, two-story addition to the courthouse is winding down and slated to be complete just after the New Year’s holiday, said Ryan Edwards, vice president of Vernon Edwards Constructors of Santa Maria, the general contractor on the $3.5 million addition.

The new building will replace two aging modular buildings that house criminal and civil court records offices and office space the court currently leases across Cook Street from the courthouse.

Vernon Edwards broke ground on the project in September 2010.

“It’s been a challenging project. It’s a very detailed building. It’s in a tight site constraint. We had a lot of heavy weather last year. It’s a lot of things to do in a small space,” Edwards said.

The company is putting on stucco and installing exterior concrete walkways and curbs. Edwards said the building is about 85 percent complete.

Once it is finished and the court clerks have moved in, Vernon Edwards will remove the old modulars, cap utilities and cover the sites. Edwards said the second-phase work would take about 30 days.

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