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Architecture negotiations to begin for courthouse

Halifax County Supervisors gave the green light Monday evening for negotiations to begin with CJMW Architecture of Lynchburg for architectural and engineering services for the historic Halifax County Courthouse.

According to Jimmy Epps of B&B Consultants in South Boston, should CJMW Architecture be awarded the final contract after the negotiation process, B&B Consultants will partner to perform the civil engineering and surveying for the project.

Acting on a recommendation from the building and grounds committee, supervisors narrowed down the list of nine potential firms to the top three, CJMW Architecture, Moseley Architects and Wiley/Wilson.

Last week, board members met with the top three firms and ranked them accordingly for negotiations.

Acting on a motion by ED-1 Supervisor J. T. Davis, supervisors authorized the county administrator to conduct negotiations for a contract with CJMW Architecture, the firm ranked first.

Should an agreement not be reached with the top firm, the administrator will then begin negotiations with Moseley Architects, the next ranked offeror.

Once a contract is negotiated, the administrator will present it to the board for consideration and possible approval at a future board meeting.

The board is under a court order to sign a contract by June 3 for services associated with the courthouse renovation to conform with the scheduling order set by the court.

Earlier this year, Emmett Lifsey and Mikel Griffin of CJMW Architecture unveiled a needs study that included plans to renovate the historic
structure. Demolishing the old jail located in the basement of the facility and the lower portion of the Halifax County General District Court clerk’s office, along with construction of a new circuit courtroom in the area of the former jail were detailed.


Also included in the plan was relocation of the public entrance to the facility, along with additional space for a lobby, public restrooms and toilets.