Courthouse/Justice Center Project
In early 2020, after a half-decade of alternate plans, community conversations, delayed action, and a 2019 study by Rowland Design, of Indianapolis, funded by Indiana Landmarks, the Board of Commissioners1 approved an agreement with Rowland Design to provide architectural-design services for a comprehensive rehabilitation of the historic Pulaski County Courthouse and a partial renovation of and addition to the Pulaski County Justice Center. With an estimated price tag of $7.65-million, the project proposes to
- improve the courthouse’s structural stability;
- upgrade HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and telecommunications systems in the courthouse for improved function, comfort, and energy efficiency;
- upgrade doors and windows in the courthouse for improved energy efficiency, aesthetics, and security;
- update office layouts for improved office workflow;
- create new space in the Justice Center to move the Circuit Court from the courthouse;
- address environmental-health concerns; and
- centralize as many County offices as possible for improved function and public service.
View the October 2019 Rowland presentation detailing project-scope options and cost estimates (Option 2A).
The Board and County Council2 engaged BakerTilly to provide financial-advisor services relating to the County’s revenue structure, operational revenues, and project financing and Barnes & Thornburg to serve as bond counsel for the project.
The Board of Commissioners adopted Pulaski County Resolution 2020-04 to authorize engaging Rowland Design; to select the Construction Manager as constructor method of project delivery (pursuant to the Indiana Code); and to appoint an evaluation committee to develop and to disseminate a request for proposals (RFP), to evaluate proposals and firms interested in serving as constructor, and to recommend a firm to the Board of Commissioners. To see the committee makeup and to review committee-meeting minutes and the RFP, visit this page.
- Pulaski County/Rowland Design contract, part 1
- Pulaski County/Rowland Design contract, part 2
- Pulaski County/BakerTilly contract
- Pulaski County/Barnes & Thornburg contract
The County’s project coordinator for this endeavor is Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan P. Origer.
1Kenneth R. Becker (2017-2020), Jerome C. Locke (2017-2020), and John M. McClure (2017-?); Laura Wheeler, Auditor (2017-?).
2Kenneth R. Boswell (2017-?), Jerry G. Sullivan, Jr. (2005-2020), Ronald P. DeSabatine (2019-?), Scott E. Hinkle (2017-2020), Kathleen A. Thompson (2019-?), Michael T. Tiede (2015-?), Brian M. Young (2019-?); Laura Wheeler, Auditor (2017-?).