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Court-Produced Video Includes Look at Plans for New Banning Justice Center

The 3-minute 10-second clip also takes a critical look at why the old courthouse is considered inadequate. The video was produced by the Administrative Office of the Courts, Office of Communications.

A video produced by state courts officials includes a look at plans for under-construction Banning Justice Center.

The 3-minute 10-second clip also takes a critical look at why the old courthouse is considered inadequate. The video was produced by the Administrative Office of the Courts, Office of Communications.

The current Banning Courthouse is described as "one of the worst court facilites in the state."

It's "cramped," people who work there are "squished in," and the facility is "overcrowded," according to the state courts video.

Superior Court Judge Jorge Hernandez says on camera:

"The heating, there's a problem. Air conditioning, there's a problem. The smells are a problem. I know that there's asbestos in this building. There's just a whole lot of things that are wrong with this building."

Work on the construction site for the new courthouse is under way, and completion is hoped for by Fall 2013, according to state courts officials.

The architect for the project is R.L. Binder FAIA Architects, LLP, of Playa Del Rey. Construction management is being handled by Gilbane Building Company of San Diego and Providence, R.I.

The total estimated project cost for the six-courtroom, 68,399-square-foot Banning Justice Center is $63.2 million, which includes land acquisition, architectural design, construction, and other costs, said Teresa Ruano, of the Judicial Council of California - Administrative Office of the Courts.

Estimated project costs financed by are $54.5 million, Ruano said.

The new Justice Center is considered a catalyst and complement for other development in downtown Banning, including the planned .

The project is funded by revenues from within the judicial branch, with no impact on the state's General Fund, according to the Judicial Council, the policy-making body for California courts.

Mariana Zuelsdorf April 25, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Asbestos is something one ordinarily doesn't see unless it's uncovered but it is a known health hazard, especially in an old building. I have the feeling that you are not happy with this project; a project that has the potential for bringing new businesses, as well as needed revenue, to Banning.
Guy McCarthy (Editor) April 25, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Mariana, I'm not sure at all how you deduce this "I have the feeling that you are not happy with this project" from the content of this news report. Superior Court Judge Jorge Hernandez says on camera: "I know that there's asbestos in this building." I'm asking who else has complained about the presence of asbestos in the old Banning Courthouse.
Mariana Zuelsdorf April 25, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Guy, I'm sorry. I just sort of got a negative feeling from the article, rather like an argumentative stance on whether there really was asbestos in the old courthouse. I apologize for reading more into it than I should.
Guy McCarthy (Editor) April 26, 2012 at 01:40 AM
No worries Mariana, and no apology necessary. I do not doubt the judge's word. If it's common knowledge there's asbestos in the building, I'm curious who else is willing to point it out publicly.

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