Bidding period open for new Indianapolis jail and courthouse

January 13, 2018 by  

Indianapolis has opened the bidding period for the ‘Indianapolis-Marion County Community Justice Project’, which will be built in the city’s Twin Aire neighborhood. The campus is likely to occupy more than 40 acres.

The city bought a former coke plant located on Prospect Street recently, for $4.1m. Now the purchase is complete, city officials are ready to start the bidding process, spearheaded by the task force of Joe Hogsett, the city’s mayor. Andy Mallon, who is taking the lead on the project, said everyone was busy, but excited by watching as their designs are considered.

Mallon explained that there have been changes made since the bidding timeline was first announced last year. First, the campus has been divided into two construction projects – the courthouse and the jail. Ultimately, Indianapolis will hire two different teams, who will work separately on the projects. Second, the construction delivery method has also changed, from a public-private partnership to a design-build-delivery system.

Mallon said that changing the bidding meant changing the deadlines, but the opening date of 2021 remains the same. Bidding has begun, and city officials say they will probably be able to narrow down the number of qualified teams to a small group by January 31.

Projects like this can impact an entire city, so officials will sometimes work with a newsletter printing company to create a letter to provide accurate information to residents.