by Lisa Tome
The Circuit Court building renovation is continuing.
According to Steven Kuhls of Facilities Management and Maintenance for Cecil County Government, the project, which started in late August is on track to be completed, for the most part, in early July.
The work includes construction of an elevator which will be used only for prisoners.
The work will also mean a larger courthouse main entrance and security area. This will include the installation of a second personnel screening lane.
The work will include upgrades, renovation and consolidation in the offices for the Clerk of the Court. The scope of work also included new lighting and improved HVAC in Courtroom number one. Two of the building's four boilers have also been converted to using natural gas.
Frederick Ward Associates designed the project. Turner Construction Company began working in the building early in the new year. The budget for the work is $1.33 million.
"To date there have been no disruptions to normal Circuit Court operations from the construction work - nor are any anticipated. No parking spaces will be eliminated as the result of the construction work.
“A temporary entrance into the building will be utilized while the existing main entrance and security areas are being renovated and enlarged (eight weeks from about May 5-June 30)," wrote Kuhls in an email. A personnel screening lane will be installed at the temporary entrance so all individuals using the temporary entrance will continue to undergo security screening before they enter the courthouse. The primary goal of this project is to address safety and security concerns.
The three major components are the installation of the elevator for prisoners, enlarging the entrance and security area and doubling the personnel screening lanes. The other major component is the work in the Clerk of the Court offices.