Community members driving down Franklin Street may have noticed the recent construction at the Chapel Hill Courthouse, home to Orange County court proceedings and the post office.
Muter Construction has been working on the renovation project since December and plans to finish in about a month, according to Mark Radley, construction superintendent.
To restore the courthouse, Muter Construction has divided the job into three different phases, he said.
The first phase involves reconstructing and installing the "façade millwork," or special architecture at the entrance of the building. The second phase is replacing the courthouse roof, which will be insulated with a new PVC system.
The final phase of the construction process is masonry work — touching up parts of the building that need to be replaced and cleaned.
“We should be finished with the roof in about maybe a week or so with all of the flashings and trim-out work," Radley said. "And then we have probably another three weeks of the masonry work that we'll be doing around the building."
Radley said one reason the restoration has taken months to complete is the weather.
“The reason we waited till earlier in the springtime to do that work is because of the temperatures," he said. "We're working with some products that require good temperatures in order to apply and cure out."
Radley said Muter Construction bid on the courthouse project for the Town of Chapel Hill, and this is not his first time renovating a historical building. He previously worked to restore part of the lieutenant governor's office, which was built in Raleigh in the 1800s.