Michael Nolan, AIA, LEED AP of Horizon Architecture is the principal architect and project manager for the renovation and repair work at the Monroe County Courthouse. Nolan was hired because of his experience (over a decade) working on historic renovation and restoration projects at the federal, state and local level.

Horizon Architecture has previously completed design work for repairs and restorations for the Plum Grove Historic House in Iowa City and is currently designing historic renovation projects at the Muscatine County Courthouse in Muscatine , the Hardin County Courthouse in Eldora and the Centennial Building in Iowa City.

He was in Albia last week for a walk through with the Monroe County Board of Supervisors of what the project will entail.

Exterior Repairs

The Exterior Repairs and Improvements for the Monroe County Courthouse involves the cleaning of biological (algae) staining on exposed sandstone, replacement of deteriorated dentil blocks, repair and restoration of delaminated and eroded blocks at the base of the wall and repointing of all exterior mortar joints below the roof level.

HVAC Upgrades

The HVAC Upgrades to the Monroe County Courthouse will remove the existing hydronic heating system and add a new variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heating and cooling system. The building has an existing dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) that will be retained. The existing boiler will remain in place to pre-heat the ventilation air and the existing A/C unit in the Courtroom will also remain. The new VRF system will serve the remaining areas of the building outside the courtroom to extend air conditioning to all spaces and also maintain additional capacity to extend to the courtroom when the existing courtroom air conditioning system reaches the end of its service life. Interior work will largely be limited to installing new piping for the VRF and new floor units.

Total cost estimates are around $1.3 million.

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