Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) has begun its construction project to upgrade two elevators in the Lafayette Parish Courthouse.
The project is causing delays at the Courthouse, and Courthouse officials urge the public to allow extra time for all appointments. On busy court days, the process to go through security, enter the building and get on an elevator will take longer than normal, and individuals should plan to arrive at least 30-60 minutes early in order to accommodate for the delays.
Bulliard Construction Company was awarded the contract, and the total project cost is $634,500.
The elevators are expected to resume service in September. Once operational, these new elevators will be faster and substantially more efficient than what is currently in the building.
Lafayette Consolidated Government has completed several renovations to the nearly 50 year old building over the last several years, including replacement of the air conditioners and chillers, fire alarm replacement, and roof replacement.
In addition, in July of 2013, LCG is scheduled to open bids for the 6th/7th Floors Asbestos Abatement/Demolition and 7th Floor Shell-Out Project at an estimated cost of $1,400,000. Once completed, the 7th floor will become a usable space for the facility which is at capacity. Currently, the 7th floor still houses all of the equipment needed when it served as a jail prior to 1985.