Jackson construction has a long way to go
Downtown Jackson has a significant amount of construction going on these days, and two large projects are state buildings.
The Mississippi Department of Education, housed in the Central High Education Building at 359 North West Street, is undergoing work that should be finished in Dec. 2011. The $4-million renovation began in July 2009. The current portion is being completed by Mayrant Construction Company for $2.2 million.
Much of the work involves repair and restoration of wood windows, attention to brick and terra cotta wall surfaces, replacement of deteriorated waterproofing systems and miscellaneous repairs of entrances. The building comprises 136,632 square feet.
Workers should be finished with the columned façade of the Gartin Building, which houses the Supreme Court and other offices, in early 2010.
The new Gartin Building — or the New Court Facility Project — at 450 High Street has been just part one part of a large construction project that began in Nov. 2001, and has included work on the Sillers Building, creation of a Sillers parking garage and creation of a pedestrian mall between the Sillers and Gartin buildings.
The Mississippi Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Administrative Office of the Courts, Board of Bar Admissions, Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Board of Certified Court Reporters moved in Feb. 2008 to the new Carroll Gartin Justice Building when the new court facility project was finished. The new building is a four-story structure comprising 139,789 square feet. The top three floors of the old Gartin Building above the pedestrian mall were torn down after the move.
Supreme Court offices had been located since 1974, at the old Gartin Building, just south of the new structure. Supreme Court offices were previously located at the Capitol. The Court of Appeals, Administrative Office of the Courts, Board of Bar Admissions, Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Board of Certified Court Reporters had been housed in a rented building at 656 North State Street.
Phase I of the new court facility included the building shell and was completed in March 2004 for $20.2-million under contractor Roy Anderson Corp. Phase II began in March 2005, included tenant work and cost $18.1 million under contractor Evan Johnson & Sons.
By AMY McCullough I STAFF WRITER
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