COURTHOUSE ADDITION AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

Written by The Bee

December 4, 2019

Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Brutinel joined a host of local dignitaries and others for a Tuesday tour, and progress report for the Mohave County Courthouse addition that is under construction in downtown Kingman. Superior Court Administrator Kip Anderson said it is hoped that the more than $20-million project financed with quarter-cent sales tax revenue will be completed in late 2020.

The four-story, 66,000 square-foot structure is just east of the historic Courthouse, which was constructed in 1915 and will be remodeled upon completion of the addition.

“This is the exciting stage of the project when you can start to see the vision take shape,” said Chad Billings, a principal with the Dick & Fritsche Design Group architecture firm.

More than 1-million pounds of structural steel and more than 36,000 pounds of masonry has already been used in the construction process, according to Tim Lewis, project foreman with general contractor Johnson Carlier. He said the project is more than 50% complete, a little ahead of schedule and that his firm has enjoyed a pleasant building experience with local officials.

“This process has been phenomenal. It’s very exciting,” said Presiding Superior Court Judge Charles Gurtler. He previously stated that design features will promote security and public safety by creating work space and flows segregating inmates from staff and the general public, and that legal system operational efficiencies will be achieved through the construction and renovation campaign.

Those who enjoyed the tour marveled at the spectacular views, particularly from the fourth-floor elevation where Judicial Chambers will be located. Courtrooms will be located on the second and third floors while court staff will occupy the first floor.

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