Courthouse Roof

Rebuilding the
Jefferson County Courthouse

County Courthouse roof work
moves quickly in January

By Don Ward

(February 2010) – Roof construction on the fire-damaged Jefferson County Courthouse continued at an aggressive pace in January despite cold temperatures and one significant snowfall early in the month. The courthouse was ravished by fire on May 20.

Courthouse Roof

Photos by Don Ward

Harmon Construction Inc. job superintendent Don Matern (above) watches Jan. 4 as the first of 10 56-foot, 6-inch wooden trusses is lifted from a truck trailer and up 40 feet to the roof of the Jefferson County Courthouse. Workers finished mounting all the trusses and began nailing on the rafters and roof during January. The trusses were made at K&K Truss in Louisville, Ky.

Courthouse Roof
Courthouse Roof
Courthouse Roof

Harmon Construction workers received shipment of wooden trusses and began lifting them onto the 40-foot-high roof and nailing them into place. Next came the wooden rafters, which began going up. Discussions are under way with companies about constructing a new cupola and dome that would be added later to the roof. A bid package is expected to be ready for review in early February, according to American Structurepoint consultants who were hired to assist in the renovation.
The cupola and dome would take about five months to build, once the bid has been awarded, the consultants said in a recent report. The finished dome could be ready to be installed in mid-summer, they said.
Meantime, the Jefferson County Commissioners continued to debate the costs and merit of building a new addition on to the courthouse as renovation progresses. In January, they held a joint meeting with the County Council to discuss the proposal. The plan would change the layout of the second and third floors of the existing building and add offices and courtrooms in a new addition.
An addition would require the Commission to spend at least $1.5 million and seek grants to fund the project. The Commission could also issue bonds. No decision has been made on whether to build the addition. They want to explore the costs first, Commissioners said.

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