County signs deal with jail architect

WINDER - Barrow County entered into an agreement Tuesday with the company that will act as the architect for its new jail and courthouse facility.

Rosser International Inc. will design the two buildings for 6.37 percent of the total cost of the project. The county has allocated $46.4 million for the entire project, including architect's fees.

Among the stipulations in the contract are notification that increasing costs do not justify taking any risks in designing the facility and that the firm must abide by the county's ethics ordinance.

Rosser International was selected for the project by the Board of Commissioners in December after a series of interviews. A total of 10 companies were considered for the project, which will be divided into two buildings: a courthouse facility and a facility devoted to the detention center and law enforcement.

Barrow County voters approved construction when they passed a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax in June. The penny tax is expected to bring $69 million to the county and will be used primarily on the county's criminal justice center.