Monday, October 5, 2015
After months of construction at the St. John Parish Courthouse, Parish President Natalie Robottom along with Councilman-at-Large Lucien Gauff and Councilman District 1 Art Smith joined a host of parish officials and courthouse staff for a ribbon cutting ceremony last week. Also on hand for the celebration were representatives from Chenevert Architects, Foret Contracting Group, and community members. “This renovation project was long overdue, but was difficult to complete with a fully operating courthouse. Utilizing a variety of funding sources including the 2009 Bond Issue, this $2.3 million project was completed with no increase in taxes to residents,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
The renovations included construction of a new Juvenile Services wing with a secured courtyard and parking lot, a secured entrance for inmate transfers, new security cameras, restroom and break room upgrades, and aesthetic improvements throughout the facility. The air conditioning units are also being replaced. “I appreciate the opportunity to serve St. John Parish and work on such an important project to the community,” said Mark Baum, Chenevert Architects, who designed and managed construction of the renovations.
Construction on the project began in December 2013 and was somewhat delayed because unforseen conditions were uncovered related to the age of the building. “The success of any project is the result of a dedicated team. Remodeling the courthouse while maintaining utilization of the building was a challenge and I thank the staff and employees who worked with us along the way,” said Benton Foret, Foret Contracting.
Residents are invited to visit the courthouse during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. “This is a modernized facility on the West Bank of St. John the Baptist Parish for customers, residents and courthouse employees to enjoy. This project was needed, and I thank all the stakeholders and partners involved in the project for working together,” said Councilman-at-Large, Division “A” Lucien Gauff. Councilman District 1, Art Smith also shared his appreciation for the project, “It’s a pleasure to see the building complete and compliant.”