BUCYRUS — Plans for the Crawford County Courthouse dome and roof project began in 2014 and today, the project is well on its way to completion.
Crawford County Commissioner Jenny Vermillion said on Monday that the project is moving forward smoothly.
“The project is on schedule and a little under budget, which is always good news,” said Vermillion.
The $1.38 million project was needed after the copper dome of the courthouse sprung several leaks over the years.
She said commissioners met with the architect on the project, Bruce Heinlen of Felty-Heinlen Architects & Planners, Inc., about two weeks ago to discuss a change order that will replace the concrete deck of the roof with treated plywood, a membrane and copper. The contractor of the project will need to use $24,578 of the contract’s $170,000 allowance to fund the change.
“That’ll last you a lot longer than that concrete did,” Heinlen said.
Heinlen said sections of the roof are being repaired, including the replacement of balusters with new, pre-cast ones. A stucco façade will be added to the new balusters to resemble the former look of the area.
Heinlen also suggested installing a high guard rail around the existing floor opening at the bell level stairs that lead down to the main tower level.
Heinlen said the project has moved past the areas of major concern and the smaller issues can now be dealt with and that the project is still on schedule to be completed by the end of November.
He said the contractor, General Restoration Corporation from Columbus, is doing a great job.