The renovations to the Anson County Courthouse continued in February, as work got under way last week on replacing the 100-year-old building’s 137 windows.
All of the work on the renovation project, which is budgeted at just under $1 million, is being done by historic architect Ansel Broome and contractors SRM, Inc. The project started last summer.
As of Thursday morning, Feb. 23, eight windows had been replaced and director of buildings maintenance and parks and recreation Jeff Waisner said he expected the entire window replacement phase of the project to take 60-90 days.
Russell Ruff, foreman for the window replacement, said that to replace a window, his workers must remove the sash, remove the movable portion of the windows and slide in a new, full-frame window. “They will be fully maintenance-free once they’re installed,” he added.
The contractors have placed a mobile trailer in front of the courthouse where the windows are assembled. The trailer will remain there for the duration of the project, Ruff said.
Waisner said the courtroom windows are all scheduled to be replaced during a three-week window of time in mid-March. All court dates have been scheduled around that time.
Another portion of the current phase of the courthouse renovation project is the replacement of the retaining wall that surrounds the courthouse. The wall is being refinished, resurfaced, and cracks and voids are being filled in with concrete.
Once all of that work is completed, the color of the retaining wall will match the stone on the courthouse.
The retaining wall work should be completed over the next two weeks, Waisner said.