After more than two-month long hiatus while repairs were made, the cupola is back on the Mason County Justice Center.
The cupola and dome were returned to the structure earlier this week, keeping the project on schedule, according to Mason County Judge-Executive Joe Pfeffer.
Momentum, a Lexington-based contractor, working with a roofing company and Campbellsville Industries, removed the dome from the justice center in early February. The top portion of the dome was trucked to Campbellsville for repairs, Pfeffer said. The middle section was stored on the lawn of Trinity United Methodist Church.
The Justice Center was built in 1999 and has experienced an array of issues, many associated with water damage to the building, centered around leaks in the roof. The leaks caused damages to areas on the east and west sides of the building, as well as the flashing around the cupola.
With the dome and cupola back in place with new lighting and windows, work now can proceed to the metal replacement roof, Pfeffer said. New material is being placed on the parapets also, he said.
Areas of concern with the front of the building, including deteriorating concrete steps will be addressed soon, Pfeffer said. The area below the front entrance where the stone has crumbled will be replaced, he said.
Officials are working to make sure replacing a handicapped ramp comes with the least amount of inconvenience possible, he said. Individuals needing to gain access to the handicapped entrance will have other entrances made available, Pfeffer said, or the work may be completed during a weekend when the building is closed to the public.
The project remains on schedule, despite a wet late winter and early spring, Pfeffer said. Repairs are expected to be completed by the end of May, he said, weather permitting.
During the 2016 General Assembly, $830,000 was included in the Judiciary Budget over the biennium for repairs to the facility. The Project Development Board was established with members which include Pfeffer, Circuit Judge Stockton B. Wood, AOC Executive Officer of Facilities Scott Brown, AOC Budget Director Carole Henderson, AOC General Counsel March Theriault and Mason County Attorney John Estill.
The board meets monthly, Pfeffer said, and approves all changes orders in connection with the project.
The PDB earlier approved a bond sale to finance the project with Ross, Sinclaire & Associates. Brandstetter Carroll Inc. is the architect company for the project.