Timeline

1992

County government discussions regarding condition of court buildings in city of Goshen and city of Elkhart take place. Talk of consolidating (merging) the two separate facilities into one facility take place. No resolution.

2003/2004

County government discussion regarding the condition of court buildings in city of Goshen and city of Elkhart once again take place. Talk of improving efficiencies by consolidating (merging) the two separate courts into one facility are once again taking place. No resolution.

2006

Again County government discussion regarding the condition of court buildings in city of Goshen and city of Elkhart once again take place. Talk of improving efficiencies by consolidating (merging) the two separate courts into one facility are once again taking place. No resolution.

January, 2018

County government discussions regarding the condition of court buildings in the city of Goshen and the city of Elkhart take place again. Public discussions begin in earnest this time with a determination to bring each facility up to physical standards, including ADA compliance – local officials throughout the county are consulted.

July, 2019

Consultants hired to analyze facilities. Consultants interview Judges, staff, local attorneys, security/police to identify what is needed to enhance security, improve physical conditions, provide for parking and future growth, facilitate court efficiencies and bring building up to ADA standards.

August 2019 - November 2020

Over two dozen potential sites for a consolidated courts facility are evaluated.  

January, 2020

Consultants recommend merging two separate court facilities into one facility so as to improve efficiencies, safety, court accessibility for county residents, provide adequate space for future growth and lower annual operating costs significantly. (See document Professional Analysis)  

October 21, 2020

Request for Quotes (RFQ) published.

October, 2020

Bond bids received (interest rate of 2.63% on a bond for $35M procured).

November 14, 2020

County Council approves 32 acre land purchase at 1905 Reliance Road, Goshen.

December 9/10, 2020

The Technical Review Committee (TRC) interviewed eight Design/Build teams from the region. The committee will now narrow the list down to 3-4 potential design/build teams for final consideration.

December 15, 2020

TRC narrows Design/Build teams down to three who will be invited to a second interview in January 2021.

January 12, 2021

TRC interviewed three finalists for the project and assigned 16 Qualitative Scores to each design/build team. The TRC’s Qualitative Scores were submitted to the County Commissioners on the same day, and the Commissioners approved the submission unanimously at that time.

January 19, 2021

County Commissioners vote unanimously to begin the design/build process.

January 26, 2021

County Commissioners host first Visioning Session with court personnel and county official to discuss shared values and goals for the design of the new consolidated courts facility.

February 2021

Visioning Sessions held with County Courts personnel, Design/Build Team and County Government

March 2021

- Visioning Sessions held with County Courts Personnel, Design/Build Team and County Government

- Design/Build Team develops Conceptual Design Options from Visioning Sessions

- JPR delivers initial draft of Traffic Information Study

May 2021

A Preferred Design Option Concept for the Consolidated Courts Campus is chosen

August 2021

The Design/Build Team part 1 of the GMP Documents

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