Weeks away

Limited operations at justice center March 19

Final interior work in the Seneca County Justice Center is being completed next week before personnel begin moving in March 12. Limited operations are to begin March 19.

During a meeting of the Justice Center Leadership Team Thursday afternoon, Greg Zellner of Gilbane Building Co., the project’s construction manager at-risk, said billing was about 96 percent completed through January.

He said crews are finishing with cleaning the building’s interior. The final pieces of furniture are to be delivered Monday and installed by the end of the day Thursday.

“We are pretty well, done,” he said. “The building is looking really good, people are happy with it.”

Zellner said contractors are working through their punch lists — tallies of defective work that needs remedied before workers turn the building over to the owners.

Chad Stevers, of Gilbane, said the city, county and judges have a one-year warranty on the property, so any issues that come up after move-in can be brought to Gilbane and fixed. He said the group would meet again in about 11 months to breakdown any issues before the warranty expires.

Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court personnel are to begin moving into the second floor March 12 and are to start operations in the new building March 19. Clerk of courts staff is to begin moving into the first floor the week of March 19, followed by Seneca County Common Pleas Court judges Steve Shuff and Michael Kelbley and their staffs the weeks of March 26 and April 2, respectively.

Shuff said he intends to keep his court operational as much as possible during the transition. He expects the transition to take just one day, meaning his court could be operating in the new building the week of March 26.

Other offices did not announce plans for when they would open because those dates depend on how long the transition takes.

Commissioner Shayne Thomas said a lighting ceremony is to be held at about 6:30 p.m. March 9. The ceremony is to include the first public display of a state-of-the-art lighting system which will illuminate the building. The system can employ several color combinations.

Thomas said the building will be illuminated in a basic white color, but during the ceremony, operators will display several color combinations.

From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 10, an open house is planned so residents can see the building before personnel begin moving. No food or drinks are to be allowed at the open house.

Leadership team officials hope to schedule an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for late afternoon May 17.

Also during the leadership meeting, officials said Court Street has been reopened. Construction equipment still may be on or near the street, but residents are able to use the road.

The group is to have its final meeting at noon March 29 on the fourth floor of the Seneca County Justice Center.