Plymouth: Four firms submit proposals for 1820 Courthouse study

In Plymouth, four companies have submitted proposals in response to the RFP for the 1820 Courthouse feasibility study.

As part of her report to the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager Melissa Arrighi updated the group on the progress of the 1820 Courthouse project—one that could lead to a redevelopment of the long vacant courthouse property for use as a government center.

The architectural firms expressing interest in determining if that is viable include one from Boston, two from Somerville and one from Providence, Rhode Island. Arrighi explains the next step:

“The Designer Selection Board is looking through those applicants and materials right now and I believe they’ve actually set up interviews for next week.”

The Town Manager expects a recommendation from the selection board by the middle of next month. So what happens once a firm is chosen?

“We would like to see a contract signed and this group begin to do their work immediately, which includes quite a bit of meetings with staff members and outreach to the public, and updates to the Board of Selectmen and the 1820 Team.”

And, Arrigi says if ultimately the project is feasible and affordable:

“…both very important things—then we would go to fall town meeting for the next phase, which is final design and construction.”

Architectural firms responding to the RFP for 1820 Courthouse:

CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares, Inc. Boston, MA

Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels Architects, Providence, RI

HKT Architects, Inc., Somerville, MA

Johnson Roberts Associates, Inc., Somerville, MA

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About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.