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Commissioners select contractor for courthouse design-build

The Logan County Commissioners have recently been conducting a qualification and proposal process to select a contractor for the courthouse tower rebuild project.

The commissioners have selected a proposal from Midstate Contractors, Inc. for the design-build project and other possible renovations to the courthouse.

Commissioner Tony Core said, “The design-build process for public entities is fairly new under Ohio law. It takes a little more time on the front end with the selection of the firm and the design, but should ultimately result in a better, smoother, and less expensive project overall.”

Midstate Contractors was also the firm that completed the dismantling of the prior courthouse tower after the damage it sustained in the June 29th storm.

Commissioner Dustin Wickersham noted, “We were very pleased with Midstate’s performance and attention to detail in that ‘deconstruction’ phase. The fact that the company’s owners were on site every day during the dismantling was very impressive. Midstate also has extensive experience on courthouse projects.”

Commissioner John Bayliss added, “Of course, since the entire courthouse tower project is covered by our insurance carrier, we also have to continually consult with them in this process.”

Midstate’s pricing proposal was the lowest received.

The Logan County Commissioners are now negotiating the design-build agreement with Midstate Contractors.

Core said, “We don’t anticipate problems finalizing that agreement, because we sent out a draft of the agreement and asked for comments and concerns as part of the proposal process.”

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