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Vilas County Courthouse expansion within 10 days of completionSubmitted: 08/15/2017
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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lkimble@wjfw.com

Vilas County Courthouse expansion within 10 days of completion
EAGLE RIVER - A 40,000 square-foot addition designed to last 100 years opens up in less than two weeks.  A number of Vilas County offices are set to move into the courthouse expansion in Eagle River on August 24th and 25th.

Construction on the building started in August 2016.  The $11 million project stayed on budget and had just one week's worth of delays.  That was due to getting a proper air handling unit shipped and installed.

"There was a lot of common sense and practicality that went into the design, but we've also designed for the future," county clerk Dave Alleman said.  "We all certainly hope that there needs to be no more additions like this for Vilas County government."


The new building will house social and veterans services, public health, and the commission on aging all under one roof, although the latter two will take until the end of October to move into the new building. Alleman says staff is ready to make the transition.

"Once everybody is moved in after that two-day move, my expectation is that Monday morning the public will be doing their business here," Alleman said.

You'll also notice a stronger security presence when you walk into the new courthouse building. Visitors will eventually need to clear a security checkpoint.

The county agreed to a contracted security proposal, but it still has not chosen a provider for that service. Alleman said the county is considering Per Mar security, but guards' presence likely won't be in place until January due to budget planning.

"Vilas County understands that the safety of the public and the safety of county staff is of utmost importance," Alleman said.

The building is ADA compliant and will feature a large drop off and parking area in the front. The end of August will mark the end of Phase I. Phase II of the project will involve building a walkway between the new building and old courthouse.

"I think it's a great building, I think our contractors did a great job and a lot of kudos to the architectural firm," Alleman said.

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