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Project manager picked for jail, courthouse
Commission must approve decision
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Forsyth County News

A recommendation on a courthouse and jail project manager is headed to the Forsyth County commission.

The selection committee and project team on Thursday both unanimously approved Alpharetta-based Carter Goble Lee as the manager for the new downtown Cumming facilities.

Voters approved the new courthouse and jail expansion under a November referendum for the next round of the special local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII.

The 1-cent sales tax included an estimated $100 million for the structures, to be built across from each other on East Maple Street, as well as a parking deck.

At $1.39 million, Carter Goble Lee was the low bidder of the three firms interviewed Monday, said Donna Kukarola, county procurement director.

JLL & CPS bid $5,000 higher, and Jacobs proposed about $1.48 million.

Aside from pricing, Kukarola said the CGL’s experiences on 50 courthouses and 51 jails and the “strong program management team” got the attention of the five-member selection committee.

Committee member Dawn Childress, circuit court administrator, said the firm was unique in offering training for the employee trainers and a computerized maintenance system.

Deputy County Manager Tim Merritt said the concentration on “total lifetime cost of a facility” also drew the group’s interest.

Forsyth County commissioners likely will review the recommendation on July 19 and then take a vote on the matter.

The project manager will support the effort, be the communications leader, adhere to the schedule and budget and also work with the architect and contractor, when selected, Kukarola said.

The county’s solicitation for design services will close July 26, and the project manager will serve on the selection committee to review those proposals, she said.