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The Johnson County Commissioners Court on Monday chose AUI Partners to serve as construction manager at risk on the Burleson Sub-Courthouse renovation. 

Johnson County Purchasing Agent Ralph McBroom said a committee reviewed applications and recommended AUI from the five companies that submitted. 

Two local companies applied, McBroom said, but for reasons unknown failed to submit paperwork required for the second phase of the application process.

AUI President Dustin Stiffler said the Fort Worth company has 36 years experience and specializes in commercial and municipal construction and renovation. Stiffler said his company has completed more than 80 municipal projects including city halls, police and fire stations many of which were renovations.

“We want to develop a relationship with the county and leave you with a lasting impression,” Stiffler said.

The plan is to begin construction as soon as possible, Stiffler said in response to County Judge Roger Harmon’s question. The time frame is about 18 months, he said, though perhaps quicker.

“This project will be in different phases,” Stiffler said. “But we’re hoping to minimize that time frame down to 14 months.”

Stiffler assured Commissioner Jerry Stringer that a full-time superintendent will be on the job site at all times and told Commissioner Larry Woolley that company representatives will deliver regular construction updates to the commissioners court.

“We haven’t seen significant material delivery delays yet,” Stiffler said in answer to a question from Commissioner Rick Bailey. “We expect to see some in the next couple of months, but our suppliers are telling us that it may not be as bad as people are expecting. But that’s also why we want to get out in front of it and get our orders placed early.”

The Burleson Sub-Courthouse is one of the county’s busiest facilities and extra space is badly needed, officials said. 

Plans call for renovation of the downstairs floor and of moving several offices to the now vacant second floor.

County Attorney Bill Moore said a finalized contract between AUI and the county will be brought back for approval by commissioners.

The renovations should serve the sub-courthouse for years to come, Commissioner Kenny Howell said.

The recently completed expansion and renovation of the building’s parking lot has also helped, Public Works Manager Randy Wheeler said.

“It’s easier access and we’ve gained quite a few new parking spaces,” Wheeler said.

Planning continues on renovation of a section of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Wheeler added.


Job well done

As they do each quarter, commissioners awarded long-term employees with length of service pins. The difference this time, given county safety measures concerning the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, none of the employees were present to receive their pins.

“This is always a very important occasion,” Harmon said. “And it’s on a sad note that we have to do this through the internet. But I’m going to read their names off anyway because it’s important that we acknowledge our employees who make Johnson County successful.”

Three employees received 15-year pins. Five received 10-year pins and several more received five-year pins. 

“I want to congratulate all of them,” Harmon said. “What makes our county a great county is our people and it’s our employees who are making Johnson County a better county.”

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