Eighteen months after a devastating fire, the historic Chatham County Courthouse will soon be rebuilt. Congratulations to H.M. Kern Corporation of Greensboro, who on October 3 was awarded a $4.41 contract by the Chatham County Commissioners after the project was publicly bid. The Notice to Proceed should be issued shortly, and the project should be complete in about a year.
The Commissioners’ news release is here; coverage from WRAL can be found here. Both accounts indicate that the project will be funded from insurance proceeds paid by the carrier for the contractor who had been performing renovation work on the courthouse at the time of the fire. An investigation has concluded that the renovation contractor’s welding operation on the building’s roof caused the March 2010 blaze.