Patience and the Right Team Pay Off!
After 25 years of debate, designs completed for three different locations, and going through three bidding periods for the current location, the new Marietta Municipal Court is finally nearing completion. Substantial completion is set for the end of March 2012 and all signs point towards that date being met by the 6 prime contractors working on the project.
The new $3.2M, 16,000+ SF facility that will house the Municipal Court, is a complete renovation with additions to the former Ohio Bureau of Employment Services building on Third Street in downtown Marietta. Currently the court is located on the second floor of the city’s municipal building with less than a third of the space that the new facility will have, and only a single courtroom. As you can imagine, the current space is typical of a smaller town and is dated, too small and uncomfortable for the staff, and is detrimental to the efficiency of the court.
Improvements at their soon-to-be new home include:
- Two courtrooms
- Probation and Law Director's offices within the facility
- An accessible and inclusive facility - A major cause for the project in the first place was that the current court facility has delinquencies in regards to accessibility as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Solutions to modern security issues - The new design allows prisoners to be brought into the building and through to their destinations without having to cross the path of the court officials nor the public. A sallyport was designed in the garage area below the main court for prisoner transportation and a new secured prisoner-only elevator as well.
- New attorney/client conference rooms - By having these conference rooms it will allow this consultation to occur in the same facility and in private rooms instead of taking more time to go off-site.
It’s been a pleasure having our M+A team involved in this endeavor, as many attempts of making this project a reality had stalled in the past. The entirety of the Marietta team is very proud to see an excellent end in sight to this 25 year effort. By early April the excited staff of the municipal court, the probation department and the law director will be able to move into their newly renovated facility and enjoy the benefits of an accessible, much more functional space.