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Weitz Breaks Ground on New Washington County Justice Center

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Ceremony held Tuesday with county officials, project designer for
$24.5 million project

Tuesday marked the construction start of the Washington County Justice
Center when The Weitz Company broke ground on the $24.5 million project
in Blair, Neb.

Government officials from the county and sheriff's department were on
hand with Weitz and project designer Prochaska & Associates to
commemorate the milestone. The ceremonial event included speeches from
Washington County Sheriff's Department Captain Robert Bellamy and
Washington County Board Member and Jail Construction Committee Chair Jay
Anderson.

"We are turning the page and starting to move in a new direction. A
direction that will provide for our future needs," Bellamy said. "All
the shortcomings of the current facility will be addressed in the new
facility – with an emphasis on safety and security for the community,
the inmates and, most importantly, the staff."

In May, Washington County voters approved a bond issue to fund the new
justice center, which will include a 120-bed jail, a new sheriff's
office, county courtroom and expanded county attorney offices.
Construction will be executed in phases. The new sheriff's office and
courtrooms will be done at the same time as the new jail. When those
portions are complete, inmates will be moved to the new facility while
renovations are made to the former sheriff's office and jail.

"We have recognized how important the new justice center is to the
county and have been very diligent to offer ideas and opportunities to
push its construction forward in the most efficient manner possible,"
said The Weitz Company Vice President and General Manager Brian
Mahlendorf.

About The Weitz Company
Founded in 1855, The Weitz Company
is a national, full-service general contractor, design-builder and
construction manager that serves all 50 U.S. states. Weitz is the sixth
oldest Architecture/Engineering/Construction firm in the United States
and an industry leader in lean construction; senior living; sustainable
building; and virtual design and construction. Headquartered in Des
Moines, Iowa, The Weitz Company annually ranks in the top tier of
Engineering News-Record's Top 400 Contractors and Building
Design+Construction's Giants 300 Contractors lists.

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