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Nueces County Courthouse gets $6M facelift

An aerial view of the Nueces County Courthouse at 901 Leopard St. in Corpus Christi. The travertine facade of the building has been deteriorating over the years, leaking rainwater into the interior. Work began in early February to replace 60 percent of the building’s shell. Photo courtesy of LAN

The Nueces County Courthouse is getting a facelift. Work recently began to replace the exterior facade of the courthouse at 901 Leopard St. in Corpus Christi. The deteriorating travertine stone will be removed and replaced with new travertine. Other elements of the building’s shell also will be replaced, all aimed at stopping water from leaking into the building.

Leaks have closed offices and caused mildew to grow over the years. A piece of stone from the building’s facade fell in 2019, cracking a triple-pane window. Scaffolding, plywood, and safety netting have been erected to protect the building and passersby. At least 60 percent of the facade needs to be replaced, according to Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales.

The project, which should be completed by February 2022, will cost a little more than $6 million. Additionally, almost $600,000 will be spent power washing the 12-story building once the work is complete.

County commissioners approved a contract on Jan. 20 with Phoenix 1 Restoration and Construction. The program manager for the project is Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam. Architect is Richter Architects.

Some 20 percent of the stone removed from the building will be used on other county buildings, the engineering firm said.

The work of the county will continue in the building as usual while contractors upgrade the exterior, Canales said.

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