Be prepared for delays at the Lafayette Parish Courthouse. A project to upgrade two elevators is underway. Plus, LCG plans to remove asbestos on floors six and seven.
Consolidated President Joey Durel says the parish courthouse was built almost 50 years ago. Durel explains why age and wear and tear are not the only problems. "They weren't set up to keep criminals separated from the people who they have caused the crime against. Our judges who are handling cases having both parties in the same elevator isn't a safe situation," says Durel.
The 6th and 7th floors has space that's unusable and asbestos needs to be removed. Exposure to it can be hazardous. "They abate hospitals and keep hospitals going. There's just a lot of precautions. It's not inexpensive, but there are a lot of things that have to be done to prevent it from getting into the duct work and that sort of thing. It's all taken into consideration with the pricing," adds Durel.
LCG Project Coordinator Kay Richard says be prepared for delays. The two elevators are being upgraded at the same time. A decision that couldn't be avoided. "Both elevators are in the same shaft. For safety reasons you have to do both at the same time. You can't have people work on top of the one elevator when the other is in motion," explains Richard.
Richard backs up what Durel stated. The asbestos abatement will be contained. The 7th floor at one time was a jail. What was left behind will be removed. "It's historical, however we need the space. So we're having to take everything out as a part of this project. Shell it out so people can use it again," adds Richard.
LCG plans to start taking bids for the asbestos project this week. The elevator project is expected to be completed in September.