Pulaski County Prepares for Structural Concerns in Proposed Courthouse Renovations

Pulaski County CourthouseRenovations to the Pulaski County Courthouse are becoming a bit more tangible.

Engineers from Keystone Architects, the company tasked with reviewing the structural integrity of the building, presented their findings during Monday night’s Pulaski County Council meeting. Now that the overview has nearly been completed, the County can work towards bidding architectural work.

Keystone Architects President Rob Galbraith says he’s had a team taking interior measurements.

“That part of the project has been moving forward behind the scenes,” says Galbraith. “We’ve had guys crawling around here taking all kinds of measurements.”

Last month, Pulaski County reviewed financing options for the renovations. It will depend on their priorities, but the county has already said they intend to issue bonds in the $6-million range.

According to engineers with the firm, the courthouse’s sandstone façade is in pretty good shape. Other areas may be in need of updating, such as tuck pointing for the brickwork under the façade.

The roof was also cited as being in good shape, but the trusses were cited as needing repairs. That issue caused Pulaski County Council President Jay Sullivan to suggest further research be done.

“If you’re asking my opinion, I think we need to have a complete snapshot done, especially the attic,” says Sullivan. “I mean, that’s major structural concerns.]”

The Pulaski County Council approved an additional $12-thousand before moving forward with bidding architectural services for the project.