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7/20/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Renovations on track for DeWitt annex building

By Jeremy Huss
Staff writer

The second phase of renovations to the county's new DeWitt annex building is on track for mid-February completion and currently is several days ahead of schedule, according to building maintenance manager Corey Johnson.

"Phase II of that building will be 100 percent completion inside and out," Johnson said at the July 18 meeting of the Clinton County Board of Supervisors.

County staff are working this week to remove three layers of siding and re-frame windows, while staff with contractor Sheets Building Design are tearing out old concrete.

Trenching around the building exterior will take place next week before workers begin installing a new brick façade.

A crane also will be at the building next week to begin the process of replacing the roof.

"Things are moving greatly up there," Johnson said.

Phase I of the project established office space for the sheriff's office road patrol division, and phase II will create space for all of the county departments currently housed in the county annex building near the high school and fairgrounds. It also will include a satellite treasurer's office to serve the west side of Clinton County and an 80-person conference room for large meetings and events.

The current facility is located at 329 E. 11th St., and the new annex is located at 226 11th St.

Johnson said renovation work will replace almost all of the original material in the building with the exception of the walls.

"By the time that building is said and done next year, it basically will be a whole new building," he said.

Asked why the county is renovating an old building rather than constructing a new facility, Johnson said it comes down to cost.

The county's budget for phase I renovations was $500,000, and $865,000 has been budgeted for phase II, for a total cost of approximately $1.4 million.

However, Johnson said it would cost even more to build new. The renovation cost is $140-$160 per square foot, he said, while the cost of a new Scott County sheriff's office building near Walcott was $400 per square foot, Johnson said.

"Remodeling is a lot cheaper than new construction," he said.

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