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Courthouse and Expo Center to get rehabbed

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Designs for restorative construction and repairs to the Valparaiso Courthouse will be done by Shive-Hattery, a Valparaiso-based company that has worked on the Courthouse before.

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 for $265,200.

Commissioner President Jeff Good, R-Center, says Shive-Hattery was vetted by consultant Skillman Corporation and has a history of working on historic buildings.

Facilities Director 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 tied.”

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.

Commissioner Laura Blaney, D-South, added that work at the Expo Center is long overdue.


Posted 1/31/2018




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