Ontario Construction News staff writer
Perth County Council awarded the contract for the 5 Huron Renovation and Connecting Link Addition project to Dakon Construction for just over $5 million. This decision marks an important step toward a renewed Courthouse Campus for the county’s administration.
The project is expected to break ground this summer and be completed by fall 2024.
“This is a historic project for the future home of the County of Perth,” said Warden Rhonda Ehgoetz. “Council has shown great leadership in moving the project forward. A tremendous amount of preparation and hard work has gone into bringing the project to this stage and I am eager to see the plans come to life.“
Over the past 16 months, staff and the project design team have been working on the 5 Huron Reno and Connecting Link project. The construction tender was issued in April 2023 to eight pre-qualified contractors and closed in early May 2023. A total of six bids were received on the project.
“I am delighted with the support of Council to expand the county’s central administration facilities,” CAO Lori Wolfe said in a statement. “County staff are committed to excellence in service delivery and this renewed facility will further support the exceptional work we do for our community.”
The project will renovate both floors of the 5 Huron St. building (former home of Service Ontario) for the purposes of housing the county’s administrative staff along with a new connecting link addition which will provide the main entrance and central reception for both the courthouse and 5 Huron structures.
Director of Public Works John McClelland reviewed the progress on the project to date in a report to county council.
“I am pleased to receive Council’s continued support for this project,” said McClelland. “It has been a long journey to reach this point and it is exciting to see this project move forward,” he said.