Construction is underway on a new Kings County Courthouse in Hanford. Sundt Construction, an Arizona-based company with offices in California, is the builder for the $86 million construction project.
The new four-story courthouse is being built on a 9.5-acre site along 12th Avenue, just west of the Kings County Jail and north of Lacey Boulevard. It will provide 144,460 square feet of space, including 12 courtrooms, a jury assembly room, and an underground tunnel to the county jail to transfer inmates for court appearances. The courthouse will put criminal, civil, juvenile and family courts under one roof. Completion is expected in late 2015.
The facility will include a "thermal mass" heating and air conditioning system that takes advantage of lower nighttime electricity rates to make ice overnight; the ice will be used to cool the building during the day.
Money for the courthouse is coming from Senate Bill 1407, a 2008 law to provide up to $5 billion for new court construction and renovations throughout the state.
The state Superior Court for Kings County is now in three separate buildings in the county's government center. The old buildings will return to county ownership once the Superior Court judges and staff move into the new building.
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