FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2019
Contact: Marshanna Smith
Jackson County awards $10 million in contracts for downtown courthouse improvements
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. commends the members of the County Legislature for awarding two contracts, totaling more than $10 million, for improvements to the downtown courthouse.
Both contracts were unanimously approved by members of the Legislature at yesterday’s Legislative meeting. The first contract allows the County to begin the restoration and modernization of the building’s six elevators, while the second contract allows for repairs and upgrades to the basement’s operating components that were damaged this year by flooding.
“This is a significant investment that is necessary for the long-term safety, security and accessibility of the courthouse,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “My staff and the Legislature have worked tirelessly to get these projects off the ground. I am excited about the changes ahead and look forward to making future announcements about additional improvements to the essential and historic building.”
The Legislature’s approval of Resolution 20317 awards a contract to Schindler Elevator Corporation for the restoration and modernization of the six downtown courthouse elevators. Work will include replacing or refurbishing most of the system’s operating components. Additionally, new cab interiors, a destination dispatch system, in-car video displays and other technological devices will be implemented to ensure that the system is modern, safe and effective.
The Legislature’s approval of Resolution 20331 awards a contract to Rand Construction Company for design-build services of electrical and water lines in the courthouse basement. These operating components were damaged during flooding in January and are covered by the County’s insurance plan. Following the flood, county staff made necessary repairs to the basement allowing the courthouse to reopen; however, additional repairs are required for the building to be fully operational for the long term. In addition, Rand Construction Company has also been tasked with making additional improvements to existing electrical components on an upper floor of the courthouse, as well as upgrading water and fire protection systems.
Both contractual agreements meet or exceed the minority and women business-owned goals set by the County’s Compliance Review Office.