December 23, 2014
Site Purchase Completed for New Stanislaus County Courthouse
The Superior Court of Stanislaus County announced escrow has closed on the downtown Modesto site for the new Stanislaus County Courthouse. Completion of acquisition on the approximately 3.5-acre site allows the project to proceed into architectural design, which is expected to take almost two years. Modesto Bee

December 16, 2014
ENR California Recognizes Two Courthouse Projects
Engineering News Record California recognized the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse as Best Government/Public Building, and gave the San Bernardino Justice Center an Award of Merit in the same category in its 2014 Best Projects competition

October 28, 2014
Oversight Committee Submits Quarterly Report to Judicial Council
The Trial Court Facility Modification Advisory Committee, which oversees the Real Estate and Facilities Management office, submitted its fourth quarter report for fiscal year 2013–2014 to the Judicial Council during the council's October meeting. During the fourth quarter, the committee reviewed and approved 216 projects, which included additional funding for 11 emergency projects, 9 energy-efficiency projects designed to modernize court electrical systems, and 24 court-funded projects.

October 22, 2014
Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse Wins Global Excellence Award
The Urban Land Institute has chosen the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach, the first courthouse in the nation delivered through performance-based infrastructure, as one of 13 projects worldwide for their 2014 Global Awards for Excellence, which recognize real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning, and management. News release.

October 10, 2014
New Hollister Courthouse Dedication
The Superior Court of San Benito County celebrated the dedication of a new courthouse in downtown Hollister. The two-story facility includes three courtrooms, a centrally located public counter for civil and criminal matters, and a much-needed jury assembly room. The new courthouse opened in March, 2014 and replaced space shared with the county in the Civic Center Building. San Benito County Today, BenitoLink, Take 25 to Hollister

Sept 18, 2014
Old Solano Courthouse Dedication
The Superior Court of Solano County celebrated the grand opening of the newly renovated Old Solano Courthouse in Fairfield. The renovation includes three civil courtrooms and a jury assembly room, along with complete mechanical, electrical, and seismic upgrades. Throughout the renovation process, great care was taken to restore the court’s historic features. The Old Solano Courthouse is the first SB 1407 project to be completed. Daily Republic, The Reporter

Sept 17, 2014
Groundbreaking for new Alameda Courthouse
The Superior Court of Alameda County celebrated a groundbreaking for the new East County Hall of Justice in Dublin. The new courthouse will replace leased facilities in Pleasanton and Oakland with a modern five-story, 148,000 square-foot facility. An adjacent county building—which houses the county’s public attorney and other law partners—will connect with the new building by a shared lobby and atrium. The current expected completion date is 1 Q 2017. Pleasanton Weekly, Bay Area News

Aug 22, 2014
Council Adopts Capital Outlay Plan for FY 2015-2016
The Judicial Council adopted the Judicial Branch Five-Year Infrastructure Plan for Fiscal Year 2015-2016. Each year, after council approval, an updated five-year plan is submitted to the state Department of Finance as part of the funding request package for the upcoming fiscal year. The judicial branch's courthouse construction program currently includes 30 trial court capital projects in various stages of completion, as well as 11 indefinitely delayed projects and a Trial Court Capital-Outlay Plan of 100 projects--new construction, additions, and major renovations--for which funding is still required.

Aug 13, 2014
New Siskiyou County Courthouse Design Approved
The State Public Works Board approved preliminary plans for the New Siskiyou County Courthouse in Yreka. The project moves into working drawings and will replace the original 1857 courthouse and numerous additions, which have significant security, safety, and accessibility issues, with a modern, five-courtroom courthouse.

Jul 29, 2014
Judicial Council Approves Two Facilities Recommendations
The Judicial Council approved a recommendation from its Trial Court Facility Modification Advisory Committee to allocate $65 million appropriated by the Legislature for trial court facility modifications, including critically needed and emergency projects. Planned facility modifications will continue to be deferred, however, due to lack of funding.

The council also approved a recommendation by its Court Facilities Advisory Committee to request legislation to use a $40 million, one-time cash allocation for court construction projects. The request includes $27 million for architectural design of the New Sacramento Criminal Courthouse. News Release

Jul 18, 2014
Site Acquisition Approved for New Sacramento Courthouse
The State Public Works Board approved site acquisition for the new Sacramento Courthouse. Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Business Journal

May 30, 2014
Groundbreaking for New Stockton Courthouse
More than 200 county residents, guests, and dignitaries came together to celebrate the start of the New Stockton Courthouse. Completion of construction is scheduled for fall 2016., KCRA News, Lodi News-Sentinel,, Capital Public Radio, Fox News

May 1, 2014
San Bernardino Justice Center Dedicated More than 500 guests celebrated completion of the long-awaited new San Bernardino Justice Center, completed on budget and on schedule. The courthouse is scheduled to open May 12. Press Enterprise, The Sun

April 25, 2014
Council Approves Guide to Manage Courthouse Construction
On April 25, the Judicial Council approved the Judicial Branch Capital Program Management Manual, a set of uniform policies and procedures to guide strategic management of the branch’s courthouse construction program. The manual is a significant part of 137 recommendations made in an audit report of the capital program commissioned by the council and prepared by Pegasus Global Holdings. A major milestone in continuing implementation of the recommendations, the manual will help ensure uniform and accountable processes for desperately needed courthouse construction projects. News release  |  Listen (20:29)

Mar 12, 2014
Advisory Committee Approves Site for New Modesto Courthouse
At a public meeting on March 12, the Court Facilities Advisory Committee voted unanimously to endorse a subcommittee directive to continue negotiations on a 10th Street property that will become the site for the New Modesto Courthouse for Stanislaus County. Prior to voting, the committee listened to nearly four hours of public comment about where the new courthouse should be located. News release
Modesto Bee, Turlock Journal

Mar 10, 2014
Groundbreaking for New San Diego Central Courthouse
More than 200 community leaders, justice partners, and politicians came together to celebrate the start of construction of the new San Diego Courthouse. News release
County News Center, Fox News 5, CBS News 8, CW News 6, KPBS, SD Metro, Courthouse News.

Jan 9, 2014
Gov. Brown's Preliminary Budget Provides Funding for 15 Court Construction Projects
Gov. Brown released his proposed state budget for fiscal year 2014-2015. If passed, 15 court construction projects would receive funding to proceed, while others remain indefinitely delayed due to five years of deep cuts to construction funding. As noted in Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye’s Access 3D vision, physical access to justice requires safe, secure, and accessible courthouses.

For more news releases about specific projects, see the specific project's web page (select from the Projects menu), or browse the news release listing.

October 2, 2014
Architect Sought for Sacramento Courthouse
Deadline to submit: October 24, 2014

June 20, 2014
Construction Manager at Risk Sought for New El Centro Courthouse
Deadline to submit: Aug 8, 2014

Mar 28, 2014
10 Real Estate Appraisal Firms Selected
Notice of Intent to Award

Mar 3, 2014
Diede Construction Selected as General Contractor for San Joaquin Juvenile Justice Center Renovation
Notice of Intent to Award

Feb 7, 2014
McCarthy Building Company Selected as Construction Manager at Risk for New Yreka Courthouse
Notice of Intent to Award

Feb 5, 2014
General Contractors Announced for Facility Modification and Tenant Improvement projects
16 firms are selected for IDIQ contracts


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