DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Bowman Constructors of Newport began moving equipment to the Piscataquis County Courthouse campus this week to start a $5 million renovation and expansion project.
The state recently awarded a contract to the Newport firm, which submitted the lowest of nine bids. Bowman Constructors submitted a base bid of $3,275,750, but after some add-ons the total project cost increased to $3,283,350.
In addition to the construction, the contract will cover architectural and engineering costs, security, sound and telecommunications, Ted Glessner, the state court administrator, said Thursday.
The project will consolidate both the district and superior courts on the second floor of the county-owned brick superior courthouse for enhanced security and to provide the courts more space.
“The county is really excited to see the project moving forward,” County Manager Marilyn Tourtelotte said Thursday. “It’s been approximately 15 to 16 years in coming and it will be a much safer situation for people coming to the district and superior court.”
No disruptions are expected in the day-to-day services provided by the county during the renovation work, according to Tourtelotte. The Registry of Deeds office will be moved from the second floor to the first floor in the fall, and the remaining relocation of offices will take place either late in the year or early 2012, she said.
The Piscataquis County commissioners budgeted $30,000 over the two-year project for a new heating and cooling system in the probate office and for any other projects that may arise outside the scope of the state project.
No ground-breaking ceremony is planned, but a grand opening will be held once the project is completed by March 31, 2012, according to Tourtelotte.