Thursday, October 30, 2014

Architect talks balancing design with budget on new county facility

By The Herald Staff | 5/19/2014

Dan Rowe, with Treanor Architects, hasn’t been over budget in seven years, he said, but his work for the Franklin County Criminal Justice Facility on Beech Street has him worried.

“We are on budget, but we’ve been running a little scared because it has one of everything,” Rowe said. “It’s a tough project to estimate.”

Dan Rowe, with Treanor Architects, hasn’t been over budget in seven years, he said, but his work for the Franklin County Criminal Justice Facility on Beech Street has him worried.

“We are on budget, but we’ve been running a little scared because it has one of everything,” Rowe said. “It’s a tough project to estimate.”

The architect presented the design for the facility during Monday’s Franklin County Board of Commissioners study session. The Beech Street facility is expected to be used by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Franklin County Attorney’s Office. Rowe said the design simplifies the building’s existing entry way, extending a sidewalk for staff entrance, and eliminating an entrance in favor of office space.

The design also is expected to replace the roof by installing a roof hugger, which will cover the existing roof instead of removing it, he said. The move will increase the insulation value, increases the warranty capabilities, and gives more protection, he said.

Rowe would like to have used a previously proposed design, he said, but the conservative budget for the project hinders that design.

“Aesthetics versus efficiency and economy,” Steve Harris, board chairman, said, “I’d love for it to look imposing and look real pretty, but it costs more money than we can afford.”

The budget for the project is set at about $2,212,500, the county said in March, according to Herald archives.

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