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Supervisors set to award courthouse contract to Tempe firm

January 3, 2019

KINGMAN —Mohave County supervisors will discuss awarding a contract to a Tempe firm to build a new law and justice center at their meeting Monday.

The supervisors will look to award a contract to Johnson Carlier LLC of Tempe to build a four-story Superior Courthouse in Kingman. The total contract will be more than $23.7 million and must be completed within two years.

Funding for the courthouse comes from the quarter-cent sales tax, which is used only to build new county buildings. That sales tax expires at the end of 2019. Funding also includes $450,000 from court fees and $308,221 from the sales of other county properties.

The county received sealed bids from Johnson Carlier and four other construction firms Dec. 13 after a procurement process that began in October. The board gave the go-ahead for the project at their Sept. 18, 2017 meeting.

The new 66,331-square-foot, four-story Superior Courthouse in Kingman will be built next to the existing historic courthouse, with an enclosed corridor connecting the two. The century-old historic jail and a plaza with a World War I monument and cypress trees will remain, Superior Court Administrator Kip Anderson said.

The new courthouse’s first floor will accommodate public business, with the second and third floors holding the courtrooms. The fourth floor will house the judge’s chambers and space for court staff. The building also includes 4,079 square feet of staircases, elevators, janitor closets and maintenance rooms.

Part of the existing 100-year-old courthouse is expected to be used for the Kingman justice courts when additional funds are available in the future.

The county previously awarded a contract to Dick & Fritsche Design Group of Phoenix to design the plans for the new Superior Courthouse in Kingman at a cost of more than $2 million.

The board of supervisors will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the county administration building, 700 W. Beale St. in Kingman.

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