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Mar 25, 2014
Engineering News Record Recognizes Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse
The completed courthouse in Long Beach wins award as Global Best Project, Government Building.

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 23, 2014
Judicial Council Update on New San Diego Courthouse
The Judicial Council received an update on the new San Diego Central Courthouse, the largest project in the judicial branch court construction program. With accepted subcontractor bids coming in approximately $3 million or 0.6% below the approved construction budget, the project now moves into construction and will replace three unsafe, inadequate, and overcrowded buildings. Anticipated completion date for the new 22-story, 71-courtroom courthouse facing Union Street is fall 2016.

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.

Dec 13, 2013
New Merced County Courthouse Design Approved
The State Public Works Board approved preliminary plans for the new Merced County Courthouse in Los Banos. The project, to replace the court's shared space in the county-owned courthouse and expand services for western Merced County residents with a new two-room courthouse, now moves into working drawings.

Nov 21, 2013
Dedication of Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach
More than 500 community members, members of the judiciary and city, county, and state elected officials, as well as family and friends of retired Governor George Deukmejian attended the dedication ceremony honoring his life in public service and the new civic building named after him. Press Telegram article and photo gallery

Nov 18, 2013
Dedication of New Calaveras County Courthouse in San Andreas
At Monday's dedication ceremony, county residents had their first glimpse of the new Calaveras County Courthouse in San Andreas, set to open Nov 25.
Calaveras Enterprise, The Record, My Mother Lode, The Pine Tree

Nov 8, 2013
New Tehama County Courthouse Design Approved
The State Public Works Board approved preliminary plans for the new Tehama County Courthouse in Red Bluff.  The project, to replace four inadequate facilities in Red Bluff and Corning with a new five-courtroom courthouse, now moves into working drawings.

Nov 8, 2013
Two Potential Sites Approved for New Inyo County Courthouse
The State Public Works Board approved two potential sites in the City of Bishop for the proposed new Inyo County Courthouse.
News Article

Oct 25, 2013
Budget Allocation Approved for Trial Court Facility Modifications
The Judicial Council approved a recommendation by the Trial Court Facility Modification Advisory Committee to allocate $50 million for trial court facility modifications and planning for fiscal year 2013–2014. The funding will address emergency and critical projects, but will not be enough to prevent further deterioration of aging courthouses in need of upgrades to such critical components as HVAC systems, elevators, and roofs. News Release |   Listen (32:36)

Oct 7, 2013
Dedication of New South County Justice Center in Porterville
With over 300 people in attendance, there was standing room only at the dedication ceremony for the new Tulare County courthouse in Porterville, set to open on Oct 15.
Porterville Recorder article 1, Porterville Recorder article 2, Visalia Times-Delta article

Sept 20, 2013
Groundbreaking for New Kings Courthouse in Hanford
More than 100 community leaders and justice partners braved triple-digit temperatures to celebrate the start of construction of the new courthouse in Hanford for the Superior Court of Kings County.
Hanford Sentinel article

Sept 9, 2013
Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse Opens in Long Beach
Vast improvements in access to justice await first-time court visitors at the new courthouse in Long Beach, the first in the U.S. to be built using a unique delivery method called performance-based infrastructure.
Los Angeles Times article

July 16, 2013
New Santa Clara Family Justice Center Groundbreaking Ceremony
Santa Clara County residents celebrated the beginning of construction of their new courthouse in San JoseSan Jose Mercury News story

July 1, 2013
Judicial Branch Five-Year Infrastructure Plan for FY 2014-2015
The latest version of the Judicial Council's trial court capital-outlay plan has been posted. The plan includes a summary of capital project funding requests for fiscal year 2014–2015 that will be submitted to the Department of Finance and an updated list of 100 unfunded projects (in January 2013 dollars), including new construction, additions, and major renovations.

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.

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
Announcement

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