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As interior demolition of Burleigh County’s old jail nears completion, the county commission authorized advertising for bids for the “build back” phase of the $9.5 million conversion project, which will result in office space for the sheriff’s department and the state’s attorney’s office.

Demolition began Jan. 2, and work is currently being done on the second through fourth floors.

All furnishings and doors have been removed, and crews are working on tearing down walls, said Dan Walter, project manager with Kraus-Anderson Construction.

Demolition work on the fourth floor is 90 percent complete, while the second and third floors are about 50 percent demolished.

“There’s quite a bit of rubble up there, yet, but we hope to have all three floors completely cleared out and ready for build back within a month,” said Walter.

In addition to demolishing 27,000 square feet on the second through fourth floors, the project will include building new offices, conference rooms and work rooms; creating a new reception area on the first floor; adding new locker rooms in the basement; and installing new roofing and windows.

“It’s a mess right now, but they’re moving right along,” said Commissioner Jerry Woodcox, who was recently given the opportunity to tour the facility.

The project will be bid out in a couple weeks, Walter said.

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