restorative construction and repairs to the Valparaiso Courthouse will be
done by Shive-Hattery, a Valparaiso-based company that has worked on the
That decision, made
by the Porter County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday
morning, is the first phase of the first project in their capital
improvement plan. Shive-Hattery will complete design work for the project
President Jeff Good, R-Center, says Shive-Hattery was vetted by consultant
Skillman Corporation and has a history of working on historic buildings.
Matt Stechly thanked the Board for its action on the Courthouse. “It is the
only facility that hasn’t seen a massive impact due to our efforts as a
team,” he said, noting that the historic building is hard to manage due to
its age. “For two years I’ve been saying I can’t do much. My hands are
The second item on
the Commissioners’ list of capital improvement projects is the Porter County
Expo Center. Good says the Expo Center is slated to close for construction
after the County Fair concludes this summer, and will get new heating and
cooling systems, among other improvements. The contract for design work is
also with Shive-Hattery at a price of $465,000. Again, Good noted that
Skillman Corporation vetted the contract.
Blaney, D-South, added that work at the Expo Center is long overdue.