A work session was held in the Board of Supervisors Chambers in the basement of the Washington County Courthouse after Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. The session was to examine a preliminary feasibility study by Carl A. Nelson & Company (CANCO), assessing whether several county offices currently in the Washington County Courthouse could be relocated to the county-owned Orchard Hills complex.

Ellen McCulley, an architect for CANCO, spoke with those in attendance about the initial floor plan that was delivered. “We had several meetings with several departments to assess the special needs for each department and how we could make them fit together at Orchard Hill. Obviously, nothing is finalized yet, but this is a way for us to put something together within the county’s budget, so we don’t get started on a project that would have a bad ending by going over budget.”

Additions to the plan that were also discussed were the addition of approximately 20 new parking spots to the complex to help ease the parking concerns brought up by Washington County Hospitals and Clinics and possibly connecting two of the buildings together to make traveling between offices easier.