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Tilt Walls Rise at Northeast Government Center Site


Published on Aug 31, 2021


Bartow, Fla. (August 31, 2021) — One-by-one, construction crews attached four dangling cables to precast concrete slabs that were raised by a crane and set into their final resting place as the outer walls of the Northeast Government Center Friday.

“We’re looking to have this completed in a few days,” said Mark Kithcart, the building maintenance manager for Polk County’s Facilities Management Division. “Once this is completed, we are going to move onto the roofing and the steel structure throughout the building.”

Following the roof construction, crews will focus on the interior buildout of the complex. Already, crews have completed the construction of the building’s slab and initial plumbing and electrical systems.

This center, which will replace the Gil Jones Center in July 2022, will offer a number of services, such as courts, probation offices, new satellite offices for the Tax Collector and Property Appraiser, in a convenient way for those customers in East Polk. Once completed, the building will be about 70,000 square feet.