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Pender County Courthouse restoration and renovations update

BURGAW – Pender County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of Thomas Construction Group as the general contractor for the Pender County Courthouse interior restoration.

“The courthouse is a valued county landmark that was damaged during Hurricane Florence,” said Allen Vann, Assistant County Manager and Director of Facilities. “Evaluation, reconstruction, and renovations have been underway for more than 18 months. Our goal in this construction project is to make this historic building more resilient and preserve it for future generations.”

Thomas Construction Group will begin work in June to repair storm damage as well as renovate and relocate new mechanical and electrical systems. This move which will protect the building against future storms and damages which will in turn, alleviate disruption of services to Pender citizens.

The 84-year old county courthouse will require lead and asbestos abatement, ADA improvements, and repair and replacement of plaster work, as well as custom woodworking, a new elevator shaft, and new courthouse seating. This work is tentatively scheduled for completion by year end 2020.

In addition, the exterior work of the Courthouse performed by Stone Restoration (which included brick repointing as well as replacement, sealing, and painting of weathered wood around the windows, doors, and roofline) will be complete as of June 7, 2020.

“This building is important to the landscape of Pender County,” said Vann. “Preserving the courthouse’s integrity and making it more resilient is the goal of county officials.”

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