Fort Bend County will spend $11.79 million on multiple development projects at county facilities, including county courtrooms and the construction of an elections building.

Commissioners approved these four projects at the March 26 Commissioners Court meeting.

1. District Clerk Passport Office renovations

According to agenda documents, the passport office, located at 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Ste. 31004, Richmond, will see renovations, including:
  • Demolishing an existing 2,160-square-foot file room
  • Interior finish of nine passport offices and one waiting area
  • Adding two secure suite doors with card readers
  • Modifying the existing air conditioning system
The application period to submit design proposals for the renovations opened March 28 and closes April 23. Final approval of the contractor is estimated for June 11 at Commissioners Court, according to the open bid.
  • Timeline: TBD
  • Cost: $250,000
2. Fort Bend County courtroom updates

Nineteen county courtrooms will get new audio and video technology, including the purchase and upgrades of:
  • Video cameras
  • Flatpanel displays
  • Switching, control and scaling equipment
  • Speech-to-text technology
  • Connectivity
  • Audio equipment
  • A/V equipment rack
  • System cabling
The 434th District Court was initially used as the beta courtroom to test the new technology and allow staff to work out any issues, Director of Information Technology Robyn Doughtie said in an email.

Doughtie said she expects it to take about a week to install technology in each courtroom.
  • Timeline: TBD
  • Cost: $1.19 million
3. Emergency Medical Services logistics warehouse and bay expansion

Commissioners approved a contract with Bass Construction to expand the Fort Bend County EMS Medic 1 building at 4332 Hwy. 36 in Rosenberg.

The expansion will add approximately 2,410 square feet of air conditioned storage space for logistical supplies distribution as well as roughly 4,460 square feet for three pull-through ambulance bays and an additional storage area, according to agenda documents.

Bass Construction was previously awarded design for the project in November, according to agenda documents.
  • Timeline: nine months from notice to proceed
  • Cost: $2.29 million
4. Elections building

According to agenda documents, Crain Group LLC will construct a new 48,000-square-foot elections building, which will include:
  • Administrative offices and meeting spaces
  • A 37,000-square-foot climate-controlled warehouse
  • Concrete paving for 100 parking spaces
  • Improvements to outdoor lighting, landscaping and irrigation
The building will be located at 3700 Bamore Road, Rosenberg.
  • Timeline: eight to nine months from notice to proceed
  • Cost: $8.05 million