By Gary Nelson / firstname.lastname@example.org
Now it's official — Cumberland County will expand the jail and Justice Center after the finance committee accepted the low bid on the project last week. ?Cumberland County will blend historic architecture with new on the Justice Center and jail by including the old Cumberland High School in the project. Although earlier this month commissioners approved financing and proceeding with the project during a special-called meeting, the finance committee was still required to accept a bid to make it official.
The low bid on the project came in at $12,781,500. It was submitted by Mid-State Construction out of Cookeville. Mid-State was the contractor on Stone Memorial High School and was recently awarded the Phoenix/Alternative School project. The approval also saved the county millions after the commissioners took a risk and rebid the entire project.
The motion to accept the bid was made by 7th District Commissioner Kenneth Carey and supported by 8th District Commissioner Jeff Brown. It was unanimously approved by the committee.
The full expansion to the Justice Center will add four more courtrooms, all with space for jury trials, space for court clerks' offices and office space for two general sessions judges. This includes using the old Cumberland High School located adjacent to the Justice Center.?The jail also includes the 96-bed jail pod, and will provide secure transport for inmates from the jail portion of the building to courtrooms so inmates will not come in contact with the public or potential jurors.
Kim Chamberlin of Upland Design said he expected construction to begin on the project around Feb. 1 and that the entire project should take around 540 days, or 18 months.