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Nearly $1.8 million in contracts awarded for work to Franklin County courthouse complex

The old courthouse, courthouse annex, and the adjacent former Junior Fire Co. building will be renovated

December 29, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • In this Herald-Mail file photo, Chambersburg (Pa.) firefighters roll up their hoses after responding to a minor fire at the Franklin County Courthouse annex. The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners Thursday awarded nearly $1.8 million in contracts for renovation and expansion of the courthouse complex in downtown Chambersburg.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners Thursday awarded nearly $1.8 million in contracts for renovation and expansion of the courthouse complex in downtown Chambersburg.

Bids were opened on Dec. 20 and reviewed for a week by the commissioners, architects Noelker & Hull Associates Inc., engineers and project managers.

Commissioners Bob Thomas, David Keller and Robert Ziobrowski accepted the following bids:

  • General construction to W. Harley Miller, Martinsburg, W.Va., for $1,325,000.
  • Mechanical construction to Mid State, Dillsburg, Pa., for $179,893.
  • Electrical construction to McCarty & Son, Ephrata, Pa., for $141,712.
  • Plumbing construction to Edwin L. Heim Co., Harrisburg, Pa., for $86,435.
  • Elevator construction to ThyssenKrupp Elevator, York, Pa., for $48,800.

The county had outgrown the old courthouse and annex, and needed more building space and parking.

The old courthouse, courthouse annex, and the adjacent former Junior Fire Co. building will be renovated, and the former Harmon's Furniture building and the Rahauser buildings will be razed during renovation.

The project is expected to be completed next year, according to County Administrator John Hart.

Hart said the first phase of the project includes renovations to the former Junior Fire Co. building on North Second Street and demolition of the former Harmons Furniture building on North Main Street and the Rahauser buildings near the intersection of Lincoln Way East and Second Street.

When asked how long the new and improved courthouse complex will adequately serve the residents of Franklin County, the commissioners were reluctant to answer.

"The improvements themselves should last a good long time. But, this project is not addressing all the space concerns of this courthouse. It is addressing most of the concerns. The board is going to continue to look at our facility needs and make our facilities last as long as possible, and continue to look at what needs to be done," commissioners Chairman David Keller said.

Even if there is a tremendous population surge in the county, Commissioner Robert Ziobrowski said the renovations will still meet the needs of the residents.

"We might find a different use for the courtroom, in what is now the courthouse annex, but I'm certain we can find a very good use for those rooms. I dont think any of the money were spending is going to be wasted," he said.

The commissioners previously rejected a $58.4 million plan for a new judicial center.

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