Future Pinal County Attorney's Office

A rendering depicts a five-story County Attorney’s Office building that is among new county facilities planned over the next two years.

FLORENCE — A new five-story building for the Pinal County Attorney’s Office will be constructed next to the courthouse on Jason Lopez Circle, following the county Board of Supervisors’ award of a contract on Wednesday.

The board awarded the job to FCI Contractors Inc., which county staff determined to be the lowest responsible bidder with a price of $18,449,000. The county’s engineering estimates had been as high as $20 million, so “it’s a bargain,” commented Supervisors Chairman Anthony Smith, R-Maricopa.

The building is being paid for out of a bond issue the board approved last year for new county office buildings in Florence, San Tan Valley and Maricopa.

The board also held a public hearing on plans to refinance some older bonds. Financial adviser Mark Reader told the board it has an opportunity to refinance $12 million in bonds the county issued 10 years ago. The bonds now pay 4.37% interest but could be refunded to a new rate of about 2%, saving the county more than $800,000 or maybe as much as $1 million. The board took no further action. Reader said he would return to the board April 29 with an update on the numbers and “where the markets are,” and a bond resolution for the board’s consideration.

The transaction would close in early to the middle May.


Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.