KINGMAN — Mohave County is finally going out for bids for a contractor to build the new Superior Courthouse in Kingman. 

The construction cost will range between $18 million and $19.7 million and the courthouse is expected to take about two years to build.

The county is expected to award a bid by December with the winning bid going before the county supervisors for approval possibly in January, Superior Court Administrator Kip Anderson said.

A pre-bid conference will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the county public works building in Kingman. All bids must be submitted to the county procurement department by 2 p.m. on Dec. 6.

The new four-story 66,331-square-foot, Superior Courthouse in Kingman will be built next to the existing historic courthouse with an enclosed corridor or bridge connecting the two courthouses. The century-old historic jail and a plaza with a World War I monument and trees will remain common to both courthouses.

The new courthouse’s first floor will accommodate public business with the second and third floors holding the courtrooms. The fourth floor will house the judges’ chambers and staff areas.

Part of the existing 100-year-old courthouse is expected to be used for the Kingman justice courts when additional funds are available.

The county previously awarded a contract to Dick & Fritsche Design Group of Phoenix to design the plans for the new Superior Courthouse in Kingman at a cost of more than $2 million.

Funds for the new courthouse come from the quarter-cent sales tax, which is used only to build new county buildings. That sales tax expires at the end of 2019.

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