The excavation into the parking area behind the Historic Courthouse is for constructing the foundation and footing for the exterior elevator and exterior stairway; this also includes preparing for structural work in the basement. Photo submitted

Renovation project at Historic Courthouse continues

The Courthouse Square renovation project is moving along and is on time, as favorable weather assists with the progress.

In mid January, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors acted to hire Broward Builders, Inc., based in Woodland, California, for the current phase of work. Then, in mid-February, notice to proceed with construction was given, according to Deputy County Administrative Officer Tony Shaw.

“This phase of work includes protecting the Courthouse’s historic features during the construction work. Seismic work will include cast in place interior concrete walls. ADA work will include the exterior elevator, concrete sidewalks, and paving the parking area. Life-safety improvements will include an exterior stairway. There will also be a new underground electrical service and preparing for new I.T. infrastructure,” Shaw wrote.

Shaw continued, adding “Work to date consists of installing hard protection over the Courthouse’s historic features and constructing the exterior elevator and exterior stairs. The excavation into the parking area is for constructing the foundation and footing for the exterior elevator and exterior stairway; this also includes preparing for structural work in the basement.

“Construction inside the Historic Courthouse is focusing on installing a temporary hard protection over the Courthouse’s interior historic features. This historic protection work is 90 percent complete. In addition, we have been working closely with LMUD on determining the precise location for placing a new transformer at ground level to feed a new underground electrical service.”

The plan is to keep the parking area between the Annex and Courthouse available for parking as much as possible, especially through the property tax payment season.

The estimated completion date is Aug. 6. Shaw also noted there are provisions for extending the completion date due to inclement weather or other factors. Engineering and Architectural Services are being provided to the County by Lionakis, of Sacramento, California.

Projected cost for this phase of work was bid at $3,056,374. Project costs are paid from a state grant awarded to Lassen County in 2018 and by assistance received from Senator Brian Dahle.