Forsyth County Courthouse and Jail Project
Mark your calendar! A ribbon cutting ceremony for Forsyth County’s new courthouse will be held Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 10 a.m. Click here for details.
Approved as part of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) VII program approved by voters in November 2011 was $100 million to fund a new courthouse, jail expansion and related parking facility. Check back for information and updates throughout the project.
View time-lapse videos of the project progress
Time-lapse videos of the courthouse and jail construction sites are updated weekly and can be viewed from two different perspectives - from Cumming City Hall and from the existing Forsyth County Courthouse.
View weekly progress time-lapse video (view from City Hall)
View weekly progress time-lapse video (view from existing Courthouse)
View progress-to-date time-lapse video
The new Mason Street Parking Facility located near the Forsyth County Administration Building is now open. The new five-level, 491-space Mason Street Parking Facility is accessible off of School Street.
The three-level, 222-space Castleberry Parking Facility at the intersection of Castleberry Road and Maple Street opened for use over the summer.
Mason Street Closures
Throughout construction, Mason Street (from E. Main Street to Maple Street) is scheduled to be closed Mondays through Saturdays from 6 to 11 a.m. and from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Ground Broken July 8
On Monday, July 8, 2013 local and state officials, staff, community members and guests gathered in downtown Cumming for a groundbreaking ceremony for Forsyth County’s new courthouse and jail. The ceremony signaled the beginning of construction of the new courthouse and jail, both of which are funded by the SPLOST VII program approved by Forsyth County voters in November 2011.
“The construction of these two new facilities is a true milestone in Forsyth County’s judicial and public safety infrastructure,” Commission Chairman R.J. (Pete) Amos said. “The new structures will work well together, and will serve our citizens well for many, many years to come. And the citizens of Forsyth County are the ones who made it possible for us to be here today. They recognized the significant need for these buildings and signaled their support at the polls in November 2011. So to the residents of Forsyth County, we extend our sincerest gratitude.”
Due to the scope of this project, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners assembled a SPLOST VII Jail/Courthouse Project Team. Formation of the Project Team was approved by the Board of Commissioners at their January 24, 2012 work session.
The Project Team will review preliminary planning and programming documents; review preliminary budget and scheduling; evaluate various construction delivery methods and recommend the best option to the Board of Commissioners; meet on an as needed basis to manage the project through completion; consult with the Board of Commissioners on various matters; and consult with the program/project manager, architect and others to ensure the project is properly managed.
Project Team Members:
Board of Commissioners – Todd Levent and R.J. (Pete) Amos, Commissioners
Judiciary/Courts – Jeffrey Bagley, Chief Judge, Superior Court
Sheriff’s Office – Duane Piper, Sheriff
Finance Department – David Gruen, Finance Director/CFO
Public Facilities Management – David Thornton, Director, Public Facilities
Procurement Department – Donna Kukarola, Director of Procurement
County Manager’s Office – Doug Derrer, County Manager
City of Cumming – Ford Gravitt, Mayor
At the recommendation of the SPLOST VII Jail/Courthouse Project Team, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners at their July 19, 2012 meeting selected CGL (Carter Goble Lee, LLC) to provide program manager services for the jail and courthouse project.
At the recommendation of the SPLOST VII Jail/Courthouse Project Team, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners at their September 20, 2012 meeting selected Wakefield Beasley & Associates to provide architectural/engineering services for the jail and courthouse project.
At the recommendation of the SPLOST VII Jail/Courthouse Project Team, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners at their October 18, 2012 meeting selected the conceptual design known as the Town Green concept for the project. This concept features a courthouse located adjacent to a large green space that serves as the entry for the building and as a gathering place for the community. Click here to view the Town Green concept.
Construction Management at Risk
At the recommendation of the SPLOST VII Jail/Courthouse Project Team, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners at their December 6, 2012 meeting selected Turner/Winter Joint Venture to provide construction management at risk services for the jail and courthouse project.
Demolition of Structures on Site of New Courthouse and Jail
Demolition of the structures located on the site of Forsyth County’s future new courthouse and jail in downtown Cumming is complete. The structures demolished were the parking deck at the intersection of East Main Street and Mason Street, government building and professional building, all on the site of the new courthouse, and a small building on the site of the new jail. At their January 8, 2013 work session, the Board of Commissioners awarded the bid for the demolition project to Industrial Facilities Solutions, LLC. Click here to view a time-lapse video of the demolition of the structures on the site of the new courthouse.
Schematic Design, Project Budget, Naming of Buildings
At the recommendation of the SPLOST VII Jail/Courthouse Project Team, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners at their March 7, 2013 meeting approved the schematic design and project budget. The board also approved naming the new courthouse the ‘Forsyth County Courthouse’ and naming the existing courthouse the ‘Forsyth County Courthouse Annex.’
At the April 22, 2013 meeting of the SPLOST VII Jail/Courthouse Project Team, the team approved the updated elevations for the project. Click here to view the designs.