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Linn County awards final flood recovery construction project

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Linn County reached a milestone Tuesday by awarding the contract to renovate the Linn County Courthouse, the fifth and final construction project to rebuild from the floods of 2008.

The Board of Supervisors awarded the contract to Unzeitig Construction of Cedar Rapids.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $8,544,413 which includes building automation and lighting controls, security system, fire alarm system, video arraignment equipment, furniture, public art, architecture and contingency fees and other related costs.  It will be funded by $6.2 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and approximately $2.4 million in disaster recovery bonds issued by Linn County.

The upper levels of the courthouse reopened in October 2008, but the lower level, which housed juvenile court offices and record storage, has remained closed.

The reconstruction plan includes building courtrooms in the lower levels instead of replacing the offices and storage areas that were flooded.  The Board of Supervisors says it would be easier and more cost effective to replace courtroom space than to replace offices and risk damage to stored items if it floods again.

The juvenile court functions will be moved to the Juvenile Justice Center which is currently under construction.

Part of the flood mitigation plan includes filling in the tunnels between the jail and the Courthouse and the underground parkade.

The project is expected to be complete by spring 2012.

For information on Linn County's other flood recovery construction projects, visit www.linncounty.org and click on "Flood Recovery."

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