Fi­nal beam placed on court­house

Court­house ren­o­va­tion about 50 per­cent com­plete fol­low­ing Tues­day top­ping off cer­e­mony

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page -

Ren­o­va­tions on the Madi­son County Court­house are one step closer to com­ple­tion.

Wampsville, N.Y. – TheMadi­son County Court­house ren­o­va­tion is one step closer to com­ple­tion.

Mem­bers of the Madi­son County Board of Su­per­vi­sors, county judges, and the con­trac­tors and staff who have worked on the up­grades to the Madi- son County Court­house gath­ered Tues­day morn­ing to watch as iron­work­ers in­stalled the last piece of struc­tural steel.

The steel beam was put in place with an Amer­i­can flag and was signed by sev­eral mem­bers of the Madi­son County staff and the con­struc­tion crew.

Up­grades to the Madi­son County Court­house be­gan al­most a year ago on Oct. 18, 2017, and with the in­stal­la­tion of this last steel beam the project is more than 50 per­cent com­pleted. The en­tire project is ex­pected to be com­pleted in May 2019.

Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the in­stal­la­tion of the last steel beam, Madi­son County hosted a lun­cheon to show their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the hard work by the en­tire con­struc­tion crew.

“This is a his­toric day for Madi­son County,” said Madi­son

County Chair­man John M. Becker. “I want to thank the en­tire crew for their ded­i­ca­tion and hard work on this project. The con­struc­tion crews never stop; they are out work­ing dili­gently in rain or shine en­sur­ing this project will be done by next May. Their work and crafts­man­ship has been su­perb.”

“We would like to espe­cially thank all of those who have kept this project on bud­get and on time,” said John Re­gan, direc­tor of Madi­son County Pub­lic Fa­cil­i­ties. “They in­clude Project Man­agers Laird Updyke and Don­ald Banks from LeChase Con­struc­tion, Jes­sica Kruse and Mark Kuku­vka from La­Bella Ar­chi­tects, Project Man­ager Roger Bramer and Su­per­in­ten­dent Jim Brock­way from Mur­nane Gen­eral Con­trac­tor, Project Man­ager Michael Potrzeba and Su­per­in­ten­dent Mark Clark from HJ Bran­dles Plumb­ing, Project Man­ager Sheila Rhodes and Su­per­in­ten­dent Dan Klinger­man from King and King Me­chan­i­cal, Project Man­ager Chris Ran­dall and Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Gub­bins from Ri­d­ley Elec­tric, and Homer Iron­work­ers.”

“The peo­ple of Madi­son County should be proud of what is be­ing ac­com­plished here,” said Laird Updyke, se­nior project man­ager for LeChase Con­struc­tion. “This con­struc­tion team is one of the most hard work­ing and co­he­sive groups I have had the op­por­tu­nity to work with. This his­toric court­house build­ing is be­ing pre­served, im­proved and made more ac­ces­si­ble by skilled pro­fes­sion­als that take pride in the work they do. Ev­ery team mem­ber that comes to work here each day is help­ing to erect and cre­ate a build­ing that we’ll be hon­ored to tell our fam­i­lies and friends, ‘I helped build that’.”

“Madi­son County has taken great con­sid­er­a­tion in pre­serv­ing the his­toric fea­tures of the build­ing. Their ap­pre­ci­a­tion of his­tory and at­ten­tion to de­tail is go­ing to re­sult in cre­at­ing a piece of ar­chi­tec­ture that is as grand as the orig­i­nal 1910 build­ing,” said Jes­sica Kruse, project ar­chi­tect for La­Bella As­so­ci­ates. “La­Bella As­so­ci­ates is proud to be part of the de­sign team on this his­toric project. To­day is an ex­cit­ing day for me. The best part of be­ing an Ar­chi­tect is see­ing your de­sign start to come to life. It makes all of the time you put in dur­ing de­sign worth it when you see how Madi­son County and the Courts are ex­cited to see their fu­ture build­ing.”

The Madi­son County Court­house was built in 1910, and since then has had few up­grades. This $18.4 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion fo­cuses on ADA ac­ces­si­bil­ity, ef­fi­ciency, in­creased se­cu­rity and a much needed ad­di­tion.

CHARLES PRITCHARD - ONEIDA DAILY DIS­PATCH

Madi­son County of­fi­cials stand in front of the last steel beam ready for place­ment on the Madi­son County Court­house on Tues­day, Oct. 9, 2018.

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