Courthouse construction to begin

Published 7:52 am Wednesday, July 1, 2009

ISLE OF WIGHT—After a lawsuit forced the county to rebid the project, Isle of Wight’s new courthouse could be open for business by next July.

The Board of Supervisors awarded a $10.5 million contract to Kenbridge Construction Co. Inc. to build the new 46,347-square-foot Young-Laine Courts Building on land adjacent to the county’s administration building on Route 258.

The courthouse will be named for “two prominent Isle of Wight families who were important to the local judicial system,” according to Patrick Small, the asasistant county administrator.

A contract for the project had previously been awarded to Henderson Inc., but another of the original bidders, Raymond Key Commercial Contractors, filed a lawsuit against the county because Henderson Inc. did not meet the original bid deadline.

The lawsuit was dismissed in Suffolk Circuit Court in May.

The rebidding process had “little or no impact on the project, other than the schedule,” according to Small. Construction will begin Monday. It was originally slated to start in early April.

Last year, county officials expected bids to come in around $16.5 million, but that cost was reduced because of current economic conditions.

“The economy has had a positive impact on the project,” Small wrote in an e-mail. “The county has realized cost savings due to very competitive construction market conditions.”

The Young-Laine Courts Building will house three courtrooms, some functions of the Sheriff’s Department and offices of the clerk of Circuit Court and commonwealth’s attorney.

It will give the courts 32,000 more square feet than they have in the current 29-year-old courts/public safety building.