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County and Transit District Officials Release RFP for Forensic Investigation on Courthouse Square

A firm will conduct an independent forensic investigation of the integrity of the original construction process.

Marion County courthouse square
Photo: Marion County

(SALEM, Ore.) - The Marion County Board of Commissioners and Salem Area Mass Transit District Board of Directors have released a request for proposals for a forensic investigation of Courthouse Square.

The building and adjacent transit center formerly housed several county departments, transit administration offices and bus mall, and retail businesses.

The building and transit mall have experienced significant structural deficiencies that required immediate closure of the bus mall in July, followed by a full building closure in September.

A structural analysis is currently underway to determine the full extent of defects, as well as provide options for remediation.

The firm selected will conduct an independent forensic investigation of the integrity of the original construction process and determine what may have gone wrong during the design, planning, and construction of Courthouse Square.

In addition, the county and transit district want to ensure that future public projects are managed to prevent similar situations from occurring.

Board of Commissioners Chair Janet Carlson said, "As elected officials and residents of Marion County, we are all disappointed in the closure of Courthouse Square. In order to move ahead, it is important that we fully understand the circumstances that led to this unfortunate situation."

Firms with expertise in forensic investigation are invited to respond to the request for proposals. A mandatory pre-proposal walk through of the building will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, with final proposals due by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 23, 2010.

Project details may be obtained by contacting Peggy Mitchell at (503) 588-5047. For more information regarding Courthouse Square please visit marion.or.us.

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