FARMINGTON -- The first phase of the Davis County Memorial Courthouse campus renovation, a $1.5 million Children's Justice Center, has sprung from the ground, giving officials hope that the weather delays are behind them.
"It's exciting to see things actually coming out of the ground," Davis County Commissioner Bret Millburn said of the 9,800-square-foot center being built southeast of the courthouse.
Roof trusses to the one-story structure with a partial walk-out basement were set in place last week, Millburn said.
The project will be double the size of the existing CJC building at 125 S. Main in Farmington, he said.
The construction of the new CJC building is scheduled for completion by December.
Millburn said the project is pivotal in putting together what will eventually be a $22 million courthouse campus renovation at 28 E. State St. in downtown Farmington.
The campus renovation, due to be completed in late fall 2012, includes the construction of the new CJC, a three-story administration building and a library headquarters.
Before work on the new library can begin, Millburn said, the new CJC building must be completed and the existing CJC building vacated and razed. He said space is needed on the 7.7-acre county parcel of land to make room for the construction of the new 18,000-square-foot main branch library.
"The completion of the CJC building is a critical component of the overall project," Millburn said. "It is a very orchestrated timeline."
The campus renovation includes razing the existing CJC building and Farmington library. The Environmental Health Building and Health Annex building that were on site have already been demolished.
The demolition of the four buildings and construction of three new buildings is all taking place within the same square block.
Millburn said even though the wet weather put concrete work for the CJC building behind schedule, work crews are confident they will make up that time.
"They're getting the framing up, and moving forward. They are still looking to be completed and in the (CJC) building by the end of the year," Davis County property manager Tony Thompson said.
Thompson, serving as assistant project manager, said it is important deadlines are met in order to get the asphalt for the parking lot in place before the weather turns cold.