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|St. Louis County Court Construction Update|
Here is the latest news for the County Courts Project:
As of January 27:
CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY UPDATE
Erection of the precast exterior wall panels has started along Bonhomme Avenue. Workers are stretching tarps over openings to keep out the cold and rain until the windows are installed. Inside the new building, plumbers and electricians are installing their runs; ductwork is also being installed; sprinkler lines are being hung; and some interior partitions are being built. In the garage, work continues on new shafts for elevators, stairs, and fresh air circulation; some new exhaust fans have been installed already. Heavy demolition of 111 S. Meramec continues. Inside the existing Courthouse, preparations are being made to build the shaft for one of the new elevators.
If you are curious about something that you see and want to ask questions just call Justin Ryder (contact info below) and the Courts Project Team will do their best to answer!
The structural steel is in the process of being coated with “fire proofing”. This will help prevent the steel from collapsing if there were ever a fire.
BONHOMME LANE CLOSURES
Traffic on Bonhomme has been temporarily reduced to two lanes (one in each direction). This allows the contractor to safely erect the southern building façade. The P2 level parking entrance from Bonhomme may be briefly blocked while panels are installed directly above or adjacent. P2 level entry will be from the WESTBOUND lane only.
ELEVATOR SHAFT DEMOLITION
Heavy demolition for a new elevator shaft inside the existing Courthouse is scheduled to begin late next week. This work will be done in the evening (starting at 6 p.m.) and will be loud, especially in the southwest corner of the building. If you normally work past 6 p.m. and are sensitive to loud noises, please adjust your schedule.
SIGNALIZED LANE ON P5
A signal has been installed in one of the ONE WAY drive lanes that leads to the northern most row of parking on the P5 level of the garage. This is so work can be done in the ONE WAY lane at the other end of that row. Please be courteous and wait patiently for the light to turn green before proceeding.
UPCOMMING POWER DOWN
The next power down of the Courthouse is scheduled to take place in three weeks. It will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11 and last until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, February 17. The Courthouse will be closed during this time. More details will be provided in future updates.
METROBUS FREE RIDE ZONE
Send Justin an email (contact info below) if you need UPDATED METRO TIMETABLES (current as of 12/12/14)! Tip: The bus stop on Central Ave is north of the Admin Building, closer to the Police Headquarters. The bus may not let you on if you choose to stand at the entrance to the Admin Building rather than at the actual bus stop.
NOISE INSIDE COURTHOUSE
The contractor is making structural repairs on the Street Level of the Courthouse. This requires some jackhammering that can be heard inside the building, especially in the lower levels of the building. Noisy work has been confined to the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., with a break between 9 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., then starts up again at 12:00 p.m. and continues the rest of the day. The noise should be intermittent, not continuous.
HOW TO CONTACT THE COURTS PROJECT TEAM
The Courts Project Team may be contacted through Justin Ryder, Courts Project Communication and Coordination Manager, via email at JRyder@stlouisco.com or by phone at (314) 581-2437. The Courts Project Team offices are now located on the 3rd Floor of the 111 S. Meramec Building. Justin’s office phone number has changed. It is now (314) 615-8523.
The County Courts Project Team