“The original Project Budget you developed in the early design stage proved to be a most valuable document due to the completeness of its scope and the accuracy of the anticipated cost. I referred to it often as the project proceeded and always found it to be a useful reference. Your supportive participation in the overall development of the project, not just portions of the project for which you were responsible as the lead architect, enabled the project team to find solutions to many issues. Your design of the five story Prisoner Control addition to…the County Courthouse and the District Attorney’s Office Building was excellent. I found your construction documents…to be complete, well detailed, coordinated and very buildable.”
Frank W. Munzer, FAIA, Project Manager
Dutchess County DPW
June 4, 1998
Dutchess County was faced with a court order to bring its court facilities up to NY State standards or lose millions in court operating funds. A previous architect developed a program to do this for a $56+ million budget. The new county executive wanted a second opinion. Optimus, retained with another local firm, evaluated the existing buildings, and proposed a strategy for renovation and new construction with a budget of $15 million. Optimus, with two other joint venture firms, designed and completed the 5 building project at a total project cost of $17 million.
Optimus planned the Family Court shell, M&E systems and foundation design. Working with the Sheriff’s department, NYS Department of Corrections, and the Office of Court Administration, Optimus designed the prisoner handling facilities to receive, detain and move prisoners safely on and off site, and into and out of the County Court rooms. Working with SHPO (NYS Historic Preservation), Optimus designed an affordable reuse of the Old City Hall for Commissioner of Jurors.