Stain-glass design reflects past, present, future

The half-century old Mayes County Courthouse appears to diminish in stature daily as work on its replacement moves closer to completion.

Members of the Mayes County Public Facilities Authority learned last week that construction has been slowed by some bad weather days, but stone work should be complete by the second or third week in March.In the meantime, Authority members approved the design for a 6-foot-round stained glass window. Designed by Karen Meyer with Loman Studios, Inc. in Tulsa the window will cost $5,880.

Catherine Heimdale with Travis Voice and Data and Duane Fought with Dee's Communications gave presentations and answered questions about the use and installation of phone systems.

Montgomery said his concern was that the newer technology be available for those that need it, but also keep it simple for those who do not have a need for advanced technology.

Only $391,028.22 in claims were approved. District 3 Commissioner Jim Montgomery said the claims were low due to weather delays.

Kim Reeve, principal architect from BKL Incorporated, told the Authority other than the delays in steel and masonry, a lot of dry wall and duct work is being done on the inside.

Tim Sortore, Key Construction, said, "We are looking at the second or third week in March to have all the stone work done and washed and added that the roofing is pretty much caught up until more gutter stones are put up."

Reeve said, "We are still a ways off from placing the terrazzo because of the weather delays."

The Authority approved a change order to divide a storage room and make it into two separate storage rooms.

Montgomery explained the court reporters needed a storage room to place confidential documents to which no one other than the court reporters would have access.

He said they chose a large storage area on the north side of the center on the third floor because of it was made with two outside storage doors, so all they would need to do was put up a wall.

Completion date for the new building is slated for May of this year.

600450 Stain-glass design reflects past, present, future
Date: 22 February 2005

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