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SPLOST team visits with project manager
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Forsyth County News

A group charged with helping oversee construction of a new Forsyth County courthouse and expanded detention center met Monday morning with the newly selected project manager.

Joe Lee of Alpharetta-based Carter Goble Lee spoke to the Forsyth County SPLOST VII Jail/Courthouse Project Team about the overall plan for building the projects, saying he was “excited and ready to go.”

Officials have said 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.

Lee talked briefly about the preliminary total cost of ownership, construction schedule, logistics and community meetings.

The projected construction component accounts for about 11.4 percent of the total cost breakdown over the next 30 years, Lee said.

Jail operations accounts for nearly 33.5 percent and court operations will cost more than 43.7 percent of the total budget.

Construction of the facilities is being funded through the seventh round of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST VII, which voters approved in November.

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

At $1.39 million, Carter Goble Lee was the lowest bidder of the three firms interviewed for the job.

Lee said the company has handled planning for more than 51 courthouses over the past decade and worked in the development of 28 of the 50 largest jails in the country.