Clark County Courthouse Location: Winchester, KY Schedule: September 2017 – August 2018 Cost: $800,000 Type of Project: Restoration and Reinforcement Engineer: Poage Engineers & Associates Client: Clark County – Winchester, KY The Courthouse in Clark County, built in 1853, still houses the Circuit Courtroom and Family Courtroom for the Administrative Office of the Courts. The original bell tower was installed in 1889. The structure was deteriorating due to rotted wood and structural issues that caused leaks in the courthouse when it rained. SSRG began restoring and reinforcing it in September of 2017, removing the tower in fall of 2017. SSRG worked to carefully remove the existing historic bell and clock tower located atop the Courthouse. Work included removal of all four-clock faces to be preserved and then removing the tower timber and demolition of the existing tower, which weighed over 30,000 pounds and stood 165 feet in the air. New steel reinforcement structures and two new stair platforms were installed in the interior of the courthouse. Masonry walls, also in the interior, were repaired, tuck-pointed, removed, and then replaced. The exterior masonry was also tuck-pointed and then given a new coat of paint. SSRG then installed a new roof structure and cornice around the base of the tower. The tower itself was assembled off-site. The new cupola is fabricated from a structural steel and aluminum angle inner framework, and clad in a heavy aluminum with a baked-on finish for years of maintenance-free service. A local supporter of the clock tower project anonymously donated the gold leaving on the dome. The cupola and section with four clock faces on the Courthouse were installed on Wednesday, August 15, 2018—a day earlier than scheduled. Another tough job, done well.