Or, as Robert Uvalle, manager of Design and Construction Services for the Office of Court Construction and Management, put it, "If the bids come in and the state budget passes."
As soon as there is money, they are ready to begin.Uvalle and Plumas County Presiding Judge Ira Kaufman appeared at the last city council meeting to bring the city up to date on the progress of the new courthouse.
and Kaufman worked on the Quincy courthouse remodel, now completed, and established rapport and a working relationship.
added, "This idea of sharing of a courtroom by two courts is very innovative.This is the first time it's been done."
After thanking Kaufman and Pangman for the concept, he
went on, "Hopefully, this type of structure and model is one that we will replicate in other counties."Uvalle
then gave an overview of "where we are and where we are going."
Everything's in order and within budget," Uvalle
said three contractors will competitively bid the project and that bids should be in by the end of the month.
The original schedule planned for construction to begin in spring 2009, allowed a year of construction and estimated completion in the summer of 2010.
"We can't award the bid unless the construction money is in this year's state budget.It's a big 'if,' but if we get a budget passed by the end of the month, perhaps, then we will be in the queue to award quickly and get the contractor moving to build the pad.That would allow us to continue construction through the wintertime," said Uvalle
"We could be cutting the ribbon in the summer of '09."Responding to a question by Mayor Chuck Spencer, Uvalle emphasized there was opportunity for local subcontractors to become involved.
enthused, "We're excited.
In pointing out features of the courthouse design, Uvalle
said the design incorporated the ability to expand the building at a later date.He
assured them the glass-heavy design had factored in snow load and road plowing.
"The courthouse is set at an angle, which will give it a nice presence when you are coming up Gulling Street," Uvalle