Just wondering what everybody’s thoughts are on the new courthouse…..here’s some interesting facts about it’s construction.

The entire courthouse program budget is set by ordinance at $350 million. This figure includes $64.3 million spent to-date on property acquisition, utility relocation, and previous project efforts.

The budget covers expenditures for the unified court facility, renovations to the Old Federal Courthouse for the State Attorney’s Office, and office space for the Public Defender.

Funding Sources:
Better Jacksonville Plan: $211 million
($190 million plus $21 million from ‘vertical contigency’)

Court Facilities Trust Fund: $811,000

Court Documents Facility: $3,397,000

Traffic Fine Surcharge: $48,292,000

COJ Capital Project Funding: $86.5 million

Duval County opened its current courthouse on East Bay Street over 50 years ago, in a time before consolidation and when the entire county’s population was just over 450,000. It is only the fourth courthouse in the county’s 175-year history.

In 2000, when the Better Jacksonville Plan passed, Duval County’s population had swelled to over three-quarters of a million people. A county’s judicial requirements directly correspond to its population, so while the number of people using the courthouse had grown significantly, the facility itself had not.

The original Better Jacksonville Plan work program earmarked $190 million for the courthouse project. That figure was increased by $21 million through funding from the BJP Vertical Contingency line item in the work program.

The initial effort to construct the courthouse was stopped in 2003. The city elected to pursue a design/build approach, and ultimately contracted with Turner Construction/KBJ Architects in 2008 to complete the project.

Attention Florida Construction Contractors: New forms and new rules!

I attended the monthly CILB Board meeting last week in Tampa where it was announced that a major overhaul of the contractor application forms is now complete. New applications are now in place, along with new rules and financial requirements that will affect contractors moving a license, qualifying another company, or anyone applying for a new license. I’ve been following the developments for over two years, so if you’re planning a change to your license, call me first to discuss the latest requirements. 1 800.373.1833

Additionally, several bills were passed in the legislative session this spring that directly affects Florida’s Construction Industry. Below are links to the bill summaries:
SB 704 http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/billsummaries/2012/html/55
HB 887 http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/BillSummaries/2012/html/170
HB 517 http://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/BillSummaries/2012/html/264

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This is where BSI Contractor Services can help. We know the process and follow the changing laws on a daily basis. Call us today to ensure your new business is in full compliance.

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Florida construction jobs nearly at bottom, economist says

Posted: 03/25/2012
Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel

Employment in Florida’s construction industry has been bad, but last year it got worse.

The state lost the most construction jobs, 20,700, of any state in the nation, bringing industry jobs in Florida down to 307,800 in January, according to an Associated General Contractors of America report. The peak was 687,200 in June 2006.

“We’re probably close to the bottom, if we haven’t reached it,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist.

The Fort Lauderdale area has been particularly hard-hit, with construction employment sinking to 26,200 — the lowest number recorded in January since 1992, he said. Metro area jobs fell by nearly 60 percent from peak employment of 61,200 in 2007.

Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/state/florida-construction-jobs-nearly-at-bottom-economist-says#ixzz1qZMcjGRV