SYCAMORE – As programs and caseloads expand at the DeKalb County Courthouse, the county is preparing to remodel and shuffle around interior offices to better accommodate everyone inside.
County administrator Gary Hanson said that when the courthouse was last expanded in 2012, it was designed with for growth.
With the growth of specialty court – such as drug, veterans and mental health court – in the county, various departments housed in the courthouse need bigger spaces and will be on the move.
Hanson said a final estimated cost has not been determined, but he said it would be somewhere about $1.5 million.
Awaiting final approval by the DeKalb County Board in April, the State’s Attorney’s Office would move to the renovated spaces on the third floor of the courthouse.
The Public Defender’s Office would move to the current State’s Attorney offices on the first floor, and Pretrial Services and treatment courts would expand into some of the space currently occupied by the public defender’s office.
The plans are still in the early stages. On Monday, the DeKalb County Board’s Law and Justice Committee heard a presentation from Brian Kerner with Dewberry Architects detailing the plans for the spaces.
Some changes will be made to the basement, where additional corridors and office spaces will be carved out. A new entrance for Pretrial Services will include a greeter window and buzzing lock.
Offices will also be added to the third floor, and Kerner presented an HVAC plan that includes multiple zones within the space.
The committee voted to move forward with the plan. The plan is expected to go before the full board in April, Hanson said, with the contractor taking the project to bid in May and work beginning in June.
Because crews will have to work around court schedules, Kerner said the project should take about 12 months.
Source: The Daily Chronicle