Workers were out and about Wednesday conducting ongoing renovation of the Highland County Courthouse and adjacent Highland County Prosecutor’s Office.
Jim Mocas, a project manager from Plug Smart, a Columbus energy services firm, said the work being done Wednesday was a continuation of a project that began last year – making the courthouse and prosecutor’s office, as well as several other county buildings, more energy efficient on the inside while preserving their historic value on the outside.
Mocas said Plug Smart is working alongside General Preservation, a historic building preservation company out of Columbus, to complete the project.
On Wednesday, Joe Goodburn of General Preservation, told The Times-Gazette that work on the prosecutor’s office included powerhosing the outer walls and tuck pointing – essentially pulling old mortar from between the large stones that make up the exterior of the prosecutor’s office, and putting new mortar in.
Goodburn said crews will be working on the exterior of the building for the next several weeks.
Last year, workers with General Preservation did tuck pointing on the courthouse, repaired gutters, scraped and repainted the white trim around the roof and repainted the gold dome on top of the cupola, as well as other maintenance projects, according to Mocas.
“They’re trying to maintain the historic presence,” he said.
Goodburn said General Preservation has been doing work in Hillsboro on and off since 1972.
Mocas said Plug Smart is currently working on lighting and mechanical upgrades in the court house, prosecutor’s office and other county buildings.
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