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    Construction Set To Begin For New Tarrant County Northeast Courthouse

     
    FORT WORTH, TEXAS - GSBS Architects, along with construction manager Thos S. Byrne, is set to begin construction on the new Northeast Courthouse for Tarrant County Precinct 3-with a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for August 23, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at 645 Grapevine Highway in Hurst, Texas.
     
    Once completed, the facility will incorporate many County departments, including the County Clerk, District Court, County Commissioner's Office, Justice of the Peace, Constables, and Tax office.  This location will feature a new service-the issuance of passports. Also unique to this courthouse is the inclusion of three community meeting rooms, which will offer valuable and much needed space for area residents to vote as well as host special events.
     
    Precinct 3 Commissioner Gary Fickes desired to build a facility that was cost-efficient and fiscally responsible. "Our Number 1 job as public servants should be the efficient delivery of services to the citizens. This facility will allow us to provide superior services for many generations in the future, while being good stewards of our resources and our environment," said Commissioner Fickes.
     
    GSBS was challenged to incorporate the County's needs in this building design and adhering to the County's building construction standards while staying within the County's budget parameters.  The architect met with all department managers to ascertain the space needs and finalized a program with Commissioner Fickes that met his project goals. `The first steps of carefully analyzing the needs and space requirements along with an efficient plan layout helped to manage the project costs, a primary driver of the project goals' says GSBS Principal-in-Charge, Tom Batenhorst.
     
    The design effort continued with staff architects choosing durable, sustainable materials that were cost-efficient.  Many of the materials and finishes chosen are locally manufactured. Building the new facility on the site of the existing courthouse also provided cost savings for the County, as well as contributed towards meeting the projects goal of achieving LEED Silver certification. 
     
    Working closely with the construction manager, Thos S. Byrne, the building's final construction cost of approximately $12,660,000 was approved at Commissioner's Court on August 13, 2013-which is more than $800,000 less than the initial budget of $13.5 million set by the County.
     
    "In the end, good design centers on meeting our client's needs, both in function and in budget.  We're pleased to offer the citizens of Precinct 3 a new beautiful courthouse that will provide efficient operations for many years to come.  But we are equally pleased to be responsible stewards of the funds we've been entrusted with by the citizens of Tarrant County," summarized Mr. Batenhorst.
     
     
     
    For more information contact Carolyn Sims (817) 581-3600 or Tom Batenhorst (817) 589-1722.