Stucco replacement on Manatee Judicial Center to start

skennedy@bradenton.comFebruary 19, 2013 

BRADENTON -- A $2 million project to replace stucco on the facade of the Manatee County Judicial Center is slated to start in the next two weeks, and will continue about eight or nine months, an official said Monday.

Plans call for the removal of existing stucco, and new stucco system to be installed, said Steve Holt, executive vice president of Balfour Beatty LLC, whose Florida division is based in Fort Lauderdale.

The work is meant to fix construction or design defects on the stucco facade on part of the downtown Bradenton building, located at 1051 Manatee Ave. W., county officials have said.

Balfour Beatty will pay for the repair, said Holt, but he added, "We have initiated a lawsuit against the subcontractor, who we believe was substantially or completely responsible, to recover those funds."

He named the firm in question as Commercial Plastering Inc., of Bradenton. A Herald reporter's call to the owner of Commercial Plastering was not returned Monday.

Scaffolding and safety precautions to protect those around the remediation project will be appearing at the work site shortly, Holt said.

"We do have a written agreement with the county to perform the work that was signed at the end of 2012," said Holt.

The judicial center was dedicated in 2008.

The former county jail, which is now empty and part of the Judicial Center complex, once held detainees for the U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement. It closed the facility in 2006.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.com.

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