Hidalgo Co. Will Begin Contractor Negotiations for New Courthouse

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EDINBURG – Plans for the new Hidalgo County Courthouse are moving forward.

County officials are in the process of selecting a contractor for the job, the most recent progress ahead of the groundbreaking scheduled for fall of 2018.

On Tuesday, the commissioners’ court voted to commence negotiations for “Construction Manager at Risk” with the only company bidding for the job, Morganti Texas, Inc.

Morganti has locations in San Antonio and Houston, as well as on the east coast and international.

Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS he’s looking forward to negotiations and is trying for the best possible price.

“Once the Construction Manager at Risk is on board, they will work with the architect on finalizing the plans to move forward with the final construction documents and follow with the construction,” he said.  

Morganti was recommended by the contracted project manager, Jacobs Project Management Company, according to Hidalgo County Director of Public Affairs Julia Benitez Sullivan. She says the next step in the project is negotiating and finalizing a deal with the contractors.

“What we will aim for is completing the project at as low a cost as possible,” explained Garcia. “A part of that goal is ensuring that the contract includes a guaranteed maximum price, just as we have done when we contracted the project manager and architect.”

If they’re awarded the contract, Morganti will work closely with the architects as the construction begins.

Groundbreaking for the project is expected to happen late 2018, and the project completed by 2021.

The judge says they hope to sign a contract in March.

You can keep tabs on the progress of the project by visiting the new courthouse page on the county's website here.

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