Otoe County Courthouse

Nebraska City, NE

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Otoe County Courthouse

Berggren Architects was retained to do a Master Plan of the entire complex with particular emphasis on restoring the public areas. Original cost: $22,500

Architect:
A. G. Gassett

Location

Nebraska City, NE

Build Date

1865

Architectural Style

Italianate

Additional Info

The Otoe County Courthouse, located in Nebraska City is Nebraska’s oldest continuously utilized Courthouse. Berggren Architects was retained to do a Master Plan of the entire complex with particular emphasis on restoring the public areas and improving the heating and air conditioning system. The Master Plan was completed in early 2004 and Otoe County Commissioners planned to phase their renovation project over three fiscal years.

The first priority was to get the boiler system under control. The Sheriff’s dispatch could not be maintained at a comfortable temperature without creating a substantial amount of discomfort in the historic portion of the complex.  Installation of new controls, additional thermostats and a minimal amount of new piping corrected these conditions and improved their comfort levels. This initial phase was completed in the spring of 2005.

During the next phase of construction, discovery of structural defects led to an increase in the magnitude of required work throughout the Courthouse. The Commissioners elected to proceed with the entire project all within this phase. In the interior, the public corridor floors were restored, a fire sprinkler system was installed, and repairs were made to stabilize the structure. The lower level received significant improvement including the creation of a central I.T. room, as well as space for the Probation Office’s new Reporting Center, the first and only rural reporting center in the state. The lower level east entrance was improved to be much more inviting and accessible. On the exterior, the existing roof was a liquid applied roofing system which required regular maintenance to prevent leaks. After studying several alternatives, the Commissioners chose to have a zinc-coated copper batten seam roof system installed.

Otoe County Courthouse