Funded by Senate Bill 1407
Initial Funding Year: FY 2009-2010
The Main Courthouse and Annex, constructed in 1956 and 1965, respectively, has nine courtrooms for criminal, civil, family law, and probate calendars. This building is also occupied by several county agencies. The Justice Center was constructed in 1985 and is co-located with the main County Jail. This courthouse has two courtrooms for criminal calendars. The Juvenile Courthouse was constructed in 1950 and is co-located with the County's juvenile detention facility. This courthouse has one courtroom for juvenile and delinquency calendars.
The proposed project would provide a new 14-courtroom facility occupying 173,350 square feet. It would consolidate all adult and juvenile court operations in one location. A total of 12 existing courtrooms would consolidate into the new project. In addition, two courtrooms would be provided to support new judgeships. The project will improve court operational efficiency, access to justice, and overall public service.
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Compliance
The AOC complied with CEQA by filing a categorical exemption for this project's preferred site on December 15, 2010.
Construction Manager at Risk
To be selected, schedule TBD
What is the impact of the state’s current budget crisis on this project?
The state Budget Act for fiscal year 2011–2012 contained unprecedented cuts to the judicial branch budget in general and to the account that funds SB 1407 projects in particular. Taking account of the state’s continuing fiscal crisis, in April 2012, the Judicial Council approved cost-reduction measures affecting all projects funded by SB 1407. News release.
As a result, this project will be required to undergo a budget reduction of 10 percent of hard construction costs. Further reductions beyond the minimum are expected if no compromises to safety, security, building performance, or court operations will result. This project is still in site acquisition and has not yet started architectural design, so this action is not expected to delay the project. Until the state Legislature resolves the budget for the coming fiscal year, any future impact on funding the next phases of this project is unknown. This web page will be updated with any changes.
What is the New Redding Courthouse?
The project will construct a new courthouse for the Superior Court of California, County of Shasta. The courthouse will replace three inadequate, undersized facilities and will include 14 courtrooms, space to support courthouse operations, and improved security including a larger holding facility for in-custody defendants who are transported from the main jail for their court appearances.
Why is a new courthouse needed?
The existing Superior Court has courtrooms and supporting facilities that are severely lacking in security for court staff, the public, jurors and witnesses. They are overcrowded and substandard in size. The new courthouse will be used to accommodate the existing caseload and new security requirements, as well as provide two additional courtrooms for two new judgeships, for a total of fourteen courtrooms.
Who owns the existing court facilities?
In 2002, the Trial Court Facilities Act made the state responsible for court facilities statewide. Unlike many counties, Shasta County chose to retain ownership of the Main Courthouse and Annex.
Who is the AOC, and why are they managing this project?
The AOC is the staff agency to the Judicial Council of California. The Judicial Council is the policymaking body for the California judicial branch, which includes the trial courts, known as “Superior Courts,” based in each county. Among other responsibilities, the AOC is responsible for planning, acquisition, design, and construction of court facilities statewide. The AOC has regional offices in San Francisco, Sacramento and Burbank. The Superior Court is responsible for the management of all court operations within Shasta County.
Why can’t the existing courthouse be renovated?
Because the County owns the existing courthouse, it was not a feasible option for the state to renovate the building.
How is the new courthouse being funded?
The courthouse will be funded through statewide increases in court fees, penalties, and assessments authorized by Senate Bill 1407 which passed in 2008. This bill approved the issuance of up to $5 billion in lease revenue bonds to fund this project and 40 others throughout the state. Since the funding from these projects comes from court “user fees” collected by all 58 courts in California, the projects do not affect the state's General Fund.
What facilities will the new Redding Courthouse replace?
The proposed new Redding Courthouse will have 14 courtrooms replacing the 9 in the Main Courthouse, 2 in the Justice Center, and 1 in the Juvenile Court. The existing courtrooms are undersized and do not provide for accessibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Where are we in the process of building the new courthouse?
The project is currently in the site acquisition phase. The City of Redding is working with the AOC on acquisition of the preferred site, approximately 2 acres at Oregon and Yuba Streets, directly across Court Street from the current courthouse. Site acquisition agreements must be approved by the State Public Works Board before they can be executed. After site acquisition concludes, the project will continue with the design and construction phases. Site acquisition is scheduled for completion by July of this year.
Who is the architect for the project?
The AOC received numerous proposals for architectural services for the proposed new Shasta Courthouse. The AOC and the Superior Court of Shasta County interviewed a short list of qualified architects. The award-winning firm of NBBJ Architects of Seattle was selected.
What will happen to the Dubrowsky House?
The entire site is necessary to accommodate the requirements of the new courthouse. None of the existing structures can remain. There has been interest by several parties in potentially moving one or more of the buildings to another location. This may be a possibility, and the state is willing to consider it; however, the specific details cannot be worked out until the state owns the property.
What will happen to the trees on the property?
The majority of the large trees fall within the setback required for security purposes, therefore, their presence will not affect the footprint of the building. The AOC and the architect desire to work around the remaining trees to the extent possible. The trees will be evaluated by an arborist to ensure that they are healthy and to determine the best precautions to take to protect them during construction.
How will the local community have input regarding the courthouse project?
The AOC recognizes the importance of the local identity and historic presence of the court. It also recognizes the importance of community input on this project. The state’s funding process does not release design funds until acquisition of potential sites is complete; therefore, the AOC has not yet begun detailed design for this project. When the project is approved and design work begins, the local community will have input in the new courthouse project through these avenues:
These vehicles are being established so that the project architect is able to develop a building that meets the court's operational needs, as well as reflects community input. The architect is committed to producing a highly functional, high-quality courthouse design that will complement and enhance downtown Redding.
Will the project hire local contractors and use local suppliers?
The AOC will contract with a construction manager to manage construction of the project, including local outreach to ensure qualified local subcontractors and suppliers have the opportunity to bid on construction work.
Will the new courthouse be energy-efficient and sustainably designed?
All courthouse projects funded by SB 1407 are being designed to achieve a LEED* Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. This is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance “green” buildings. More information on LEED
*LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), adapted from GBC’s FAQ doc.
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