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Five firms vying for SPLOST projects
Selection committee to review proposals
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Forsyth County News

The fast-tracked work toward a new Forsyth County courthouse and expanded detention center continued Wednesday with the initial meeting of the project manager selection committee.

The committee received proposals from five firms to review and rate based on the criteria the county requested.

Four Atlanta firms — Heery International, Jacobs, Gleeds and JLL+CPS — as well as Carter Goble Lee of Alpharetta submitted proposals to manage the courthouse and jail construction projects, which voters approved through a 1-cent sales tax extension in the fall.

The next round of the special purpose local option sales tax, also known as SPLOST VII, includes an estimated $100 million for the jail and courthouse facilities, to be built across from each other on East Maple Street in downtown Cumming.

Officials have said current estimates project the new round of sales tax will bring in about $203 million through July 2019.

In addition, voters approved the bonding of up to about $89 million for the projects’ initial start before sales tax revenues are collected beginning in 2013.

The five-member group will meet again on June 19 to compile the scores and recommend a short list of firms that qualify for a bid.

Donna Kukarola, the county’s procurement director, guided the committee through the process on Wednesday and thanked the members for giving time to an “important project.”

The proposals are confidential during the process and the selection committee should direct any correspondence from submitted forms to the county office, Kukarola said.

The selection committee was appointed by the nine-member SPLOST VII Jail/Courthouse Project Team, which is charged with the task of advising on the projects.

Members of the selecting group include Capt. Chuck Smith of the sheriff’s office; Steve Rhoades of Forsyth County Public Facilities; Tim Merritt, deputy county manager; Scott Morgan, city of Cumming Planning Department, and Dawn Childress, court administrator.