Even though construction of Grimes County’s new Courthouse and County Offices next to the County Law Enforcement Center hasn’t gotten off the ground just yet, Precinct Four’s Gary Husfeld recently reported to fellow commissioners that work is certainly proceeding on the ground.
Survey crews have completed the topographical field work, he explained, adding that will tell the civil engineers and structural engineers what kind of soil we’re dealing with over there, and to design a site drainage plan.
And PGL Architect Michael Lloyd told the court his company is currently assessing the needs of each county department, in order to be sure they are right-sizing this project.
Lloyd said they’re also looking at the most efficient department placement as well as the security concerns of transporting prisoners from jail to courtroom and predicted the project’s early concept drawings will be completed sometime this fall.
By the end of the year, Lloyd said they’s like the program set and some preliminary site plans and block floor plans.
Husfeld predicted that designing the county’s new facility should take around nine months in all, which means that plans should be ready to go out for bids by the middle of next year.
Watch this space.