The courthouse for Gasconade County in Hermann, Missouri was built in 1898 and is in poor condition due to its age and lack of maintenance over the last 112 years. In 2008 a non-partisan commission funded by the State of Missouri selected MRA to perform an assessment of the building to determine the scope of work and costs related to upgrading the structure to meet contemporary needs and to compare these costs with other options that would meet the County’s needs.

Our architects and engineers performed thorough evaluations of the building’s structural capacity, systems, operating costs and functional requirements. Four
scenarios were developed:

• Renovate and add on to the existing building
• Demolish the existing building and build a new one on the site
• Sell the old courthouse and build a new one on a different site
• Sell the courthouse and renovate a surplus school building as the new courthouse