- Associated Press - Saturday, January 7, 2017

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - The Lawrence County Commission took the first steps this week to plan up to $200,000 in security upgrades to the county courthouse.

The commission approved nearly $22,000 in architectural fees during its Tuesday meeting. Possible security improvements include impact-resistant windows and doors, new walls and installing electronic-access doors. The commission hasn’t yet signed off on the full project, but it could cost between $150,000 and $200,000.

Steve Williams of Williams and Associates Architecture worked with law enforcement to map out the potential security upgrades on three floors of the courthouse, the Black Hills Pioneer (https://bit.ly/2hZ8VPk) reported. He’s envisioning safety upgrades for 16 doors, 14 windows and installing a new window wall on the Deadwood building’s third floor that would include seven shatterproof windows.

“We would be taking existing doors with windows and hardening them,” Williams explained. “We would put laminated glass behind the existing glass that is one-quarter-inch thick . This doesn’t require buying new doors, which would be enormously expensive, if you think about maintaining the historic integrity.”

The commission also considered two preliminary estimates on improving door security: a $114,000 estimate for an electronic door hardware system similar to what a hotel uses, and a “live” monitored system that was estimated at roughly $174,000.

The commission will make a final decision on how to proceed with the project in the near future.

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Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, https://www.bhpioneer.com

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