New Okaloosa courthouse taking shape (PHOTOS)


“The the current contract end date is July 3, 2018, so we’re almost 50-percent of the way through.”


Aerial footage by Joshua Rix:

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CRESTVIEW — The new Okaloosa County Courthouse in Crestview is impossible to miss while driving up the city’s Main Street. At three stories it’s the tallest building in Crestview, anchoring the northern end of the downtown district.

The new courthouse will have three courtrooms and three judge’s chambers, offices for court administration and security, as well as secured and separate entrances for the public, judges, and prisoners. It will also house the Clerk of Courts office on the first floor and have meeting space for the Board of County Commissioners.

The $23 million project started shortly after the old courthouse was demolished in January.

Okaloosa County Commissioners voted in October 2015 to replace the existing courthouse, which suffered from problems ranging from extensive black mold and asbestos to a barely functioning air conditioning system.

On Wednesday the roof of the building’s 3-story steel frame was about halfway covered and workers were putting up exterior and interior walls.

Okaloosa County Engineer Jason Autrey said there have been no major weather delays and the project is on schedule.

“The the current contract end date is July 3, 2018, so we’re almost 50-percent of the way through,” said Autrey.

Once the building is complete, county workers will go through and make sure all the systems, including heating, cooling and security, are functioning properly before staff moves in.

“We’re tentatively thinking in the September or October 2018 time frame,” said Autrey. “It all depends on any weather delays or materials delays we may experience.”

The new building will be the third courthouse to be on the site near the intersection of U.S. Highway 90 and State Road 85. The first was built in 1918 and the second in 1955.

“This is going to be a marker for the downtown area for a long time to come,” said Autrey.