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Steel framework up on new sheriff's building

Construction workers started putting up the steel framework of the new Ogle County Sheriff's administration building early last week.

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the $4.1 million project has been set for Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 4:30 p.m. at 103 Jefferson St., Oregon.

Located on the same property where the present sheriff's office is, the new building will house the sheriff's department, 911 communications center, and the coroner's office and morgue.

Excavation on the site began early this spring. The new sheriff's office is expected to be ready for use by early next year.

The building was designed by Saavedra Gehlhausen Architects, Rockford, and Rockford Structures is the general contractor.

The new one-story building will be situated to the east of the present 100-year-old three-story building. 

The old morgue was torn down to make way for the new building, and the present sheriff's office will be demolished once construction is complete.

The area where the current building is will be used for parking.

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