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Window replacement begins on Floyd County courthouse

Window replacement begins on Floyd County courthouse
A crew from Zephyr Aluminum from Dubuque works Monday morning to remove the first of what will eventually be almost 100 windows replaced in the Floyd County courthouse as part of the courthouse update project. An asbestos abatement company is also involved to remove asbestos-containing window frames and materials from each opening after the old windows are removed and before the new windows and window frames are installed. Press photo by Bob Steenson
By Bob Steenson, [email protected]

Windows were starting to be replaced on the fourth floor of the Floyd County courthouse Monday morning as the Sheriff’s Office continued moving out.

Sheriff Jeff Crooks said the move from the current Sheriff’s Office and county jail on the top floor of the courthouse to the new facilities in the Floyd County Law Enforcement Center — including moving the detainees — should be complete within the next couple of weeks.

Furniture, equipment and supplies are being moved to the new LEC connected to the courthouse now, and Crooks said at some point very soon the office secretaries would be relocated to the new LEC.

Once that move takes place, people will no longer go to the fourth floor for civil papers, weapons permits, sexual offender registration, etc., he said, but will go to the new Sheriff’s Office in the LEC, entering through the new entrance in the atrium that connects the two buildings.

Crooks said an announcement of when that will be in effect should come very soon.

He also said they are close to the point when the detainees in the county jail will be moved over to the new 32-bed facility in the law enforcement center. There are currently 13 detainees in the old jail.

“We’re ready,” Crooks said Monday morning.

“Pat’s got a group over training right now,” Crooks said, referring to Chief Deputy Pat Shirley. “We’ve got training today and tomorrow with everybody, then Wednesday-Thursday will be fire evacuations.”

The fire evacuation training – on how staff will evacuate, but especially how detainees will be handled during an evacuation – is part of the training required before the state jail inspector will certify the facility ready for use.

Crooks said it looks like the jail inspector will sign off once that training takes place, and won’t need to make another onsite visit.

One other final inspection will be by Jeff Sherman, the county environmental health administrator and sanitarian, of the new jail kitchen.

“He had already done a basic inspection,” Crooks said. “Now we’ve got to put some food in there and he’ll inspect it with all the food in there.”

The process of replacing almost 100 windows in the courthouse is complicated by the presence of asbestos-containing caulk and glazing in the original 1941 window frames. The windows have been replaced once, but the original asbestos-containing materials still remain.

The process will be for Zephyr Aluminium, of Dubuque, to remove the existing windows, then Advanced Environmental Testing & Abatement Inc. of Waterloo will remove the asbestos-containing materials, then Zephyr will install the new windows.

The inside area around the windows will need to be isolated with plastic sheeting taped to the ceiling and walls while asbestos-containing materials are being handled.

On Monday, a couple of windows were removed from the fourth floor and temporarily replaced with sheets of plywood as the companies began the replacement project.


Window replacement begins on Floyd County courthouse
Plastic sheeting surrounds an area around a window in the Sheriff’s Office on the fourth floor of the Floyd County courthouse Monday morning, part of a project to replace the windows and remove asbestos-containing material in the window frames. Two companies are working together on the project, one to remove the old windows, another to remove the asbestos material, then the first to install the new windows. Press photo by Bob Steenson
Window replacement begins on Floyd County courthouse
The top northeast window in the Floyd County courthouse is the first to be removed as the courthouse window replacement project began Monday morning. Almost 100 windows will be replaced, including removing the current windows and panels — many of which contain window air conditioner units — as well as asbestos-containing materials in the original window frames that were installed when the courthouse was built in 1941. The new windows will completely fill the window openings and be similar in design to the original courthouse windows, although will be much more energy efficient. Press photo by Bob Steenson
Window replacement begins on Floyd County courthouse
A window has been removed from a room in the Sheriff’s Office on the fourth floor of the Floyd County courthouse Monday morning and temporarily replaced with a sheet of plywood, part of a process to eventually replace all the windows in the courthouse. The window frames, which contain asbestos materials, will be removed by an asbestos abatement company after the area is surrounded by plastic sheeting, then the new window will be installed. Press photo by Bob Steenson

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