A Roseville-based architecture company has been selected to design the new Los Banos Courthouse, the Administrative Office of the Courts said Thursday.
The two-courtroom building will replace the current Los Banos Courthouse, a county-owned building shared with other organizations. The AOC said in a press release that the current building is "overcrowded, functionally deficient and signficantly lacking in security features." A site for the courthouse hasn't yet been selected. The project is expected to be completed by 2014.
The design contract was awarded to Roseville-based Williams + Paddon, which has built a number of projects with a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, the highest ranking awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.
"We are very glad to see progress on this new courthouse for the west side of Merced County, and we look forward to working with this architectural firm to begin detail planning," said Kathleen Goetsch, court executive officer of the Superior Court of Merced County.
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The Los Banos project was ranked as an "immediate need" in the judicial branch's capital-outlay plan, making it among the branch's highest-priority infrastructure projects. It is among 41 projects funded by Senate Bill 1407, which finances courthouse construction and repair through judicial fees, penalties and assessments, without reliance on the state's general fund.
More information about the project is at www.courtinfo.ca.gov/programs/occm/projects_losbanos.htm