Montrose County Commissioners celebrated a major milestone this week with the approval of the construction contract for the historic courthouse renovation. The amended contract with Stryker and Company established a guaranteed price of less than $14,836,132.82.
“This is an exciting moment for Montrose County,” declared Commissioner Sue Hansen. “Initial estimates were high. I appreciate the strong work of our staff, Stryker and Company, and Blythe Group. This price tag is affordable, responsible, and allows the county to restore this landmark to its full glory for generations to come.”
In July, the county signed a contract with Montrose-based Stryker and Company. The contract had two phases—one for design and one for the final design and construction. As part of the contract, Stryker and Company presented a guaranteed maximum price to the county in late December. Construction will begin on the courthouse in February. Officials estimate completion in late 2025.
“The Stryker and Company team is incredibly excited to be a part of the rehabilitation of this historical landmark,” began Stryker and Company President/Owner Scott Stryker. “We have been watching this project since it was first talked about and now, we’re 30 days away from stepping foot into rehabilitating this building for the next generation. Having a long, local presence in this town give us great pride in the work we will be doing over the next 20 months. Our goal is to keep as much of the work to our local subcontractors and only reach out when a specialty trade is necessary. We’re grateful for the trust that the county has given us to see this project through to its completion.”
The money for the project comes from the capital improvement fund in 2024 and 2025. Commissioner Keith Caddy emphasized the project’s financial responsibility as he noted, “This project is fully funded, without any debt burden. We are a conservative board and work hard to safeguard taxpayer dollars. After saving for this project for years, we are able to invest in the courthouse debt-free.”
“This has been a labor of love for seven years, and I’m happy to see it finally come to life,” said Commissioner Roger Rash. “This board was committed to creating a building that meets the needs of county employees and services for several decades to come. Working with our fellow elected officials, as well as county division heads, and staff, the team incorporated modern efficiencies and prioritized historic preservation. Our goal is that the courthouse will continue to serve the community for another 100 years.”
To prepare for construction, the Treasurer’s Office, the Assessor’s Office, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Offices will relocate to temporary locations beginning Jan. 22. Relocation information is listed below.
The Montrose County Historic Courthouse renovation is a testament to the dedication and collaboration of the Board of County Commissioners, staff, Stryker and Company, Inc., and subcontractor Blythe Group. This project will not only preserve a cherished landmark but also create a vibrant space for generations to come, solidifying the courthouse as the cornerstone of Montrose County history and future.
ASSESSOR and GIS Offices: Reopening January 29, 2024 at 949 N 2nd Street (next to Friendship Hall)
TREASURER and Public Trustee Offices: Reopening February 5, 2024 at 1001 N 2nd Street (southwest entrance of Friendship Hall)