DANVILLE — Remodeling of the Hendricks County Courthouse will begin soon in an effort to improve overall functionality.
Kevin Cavanaugh, facilities manager of the Hendricks County Engineering Department, said there are several areas of the courthouse getting a touch-up.
“Superior Court 5 will be relocated to the second floor, in the space previously occupied by the Prosecutor’s Office,” he said. “The southeast corner of the first floor will be remodeled to accommodate the Deputies Office and holding cell. (There will also be) an expanded women’s restroom and an expanded custodial office and storage area.”
He added that Superior Court 4 will be remodeled and expand into the space previously occupied by the Deputies Office and holding cell.
Cavanaugh said there are plans for two Magistrate Courts, one where the current Superior 5 Court Room and offices are now, and the other on the third floor.
“The southwest corner of the third floor will be remodeled to accommodate a possible second Magistrate Court,” he said.
Cavanaugh explained that there are several reasons why the renovations are necessary.
“Superior Courts 4 and 5 are the smallest in the building and need to expand to handle changes to their case load and to improve security between the offices and court room for Superior Court 5,” he said.
Cavanaugh said the general contract proposal for the remodeling is around $860,000, but there are additional items that will be purchased by the county.
As for a timeline, the Hendricks County Commissioners recently received bids from several construction companies for the work, but have not made a decision at this time. It is possible that the bid will be awarded at the commissioners’ next regularly scheduled meeting on April 23.
Cavanaugh said the work is tentatively planned to start in early May, with completion slated for early December, but that is contingent on the contract approval from the commissioners.