Courthouse completion set for 2020
Ever since Hurricane Ike blew through the Houston area in 2008, leaving many of Pasadena’s municipal buildings damaged, the city’s courts haven’t stayed too long in one place.
The most recent move for municipal court proceedings was to a city facility at 1001 Shaw following repairs to damages caused by Hurricane Harvey.
But the days of moving for the city’s court facilities should change soon, with a ground-breaking ceremony set for April on a $7.3 million courthouse. Funding for the project was approved by council in January 2018, with Horizon Group International LLC serving as contractor.
Designed by Johnston, LLC, in association with the Labiche Architectural Group, the courthouse is scheduled to be completed during the first half of 2020.
The 24,000-square foot building will be at 1114 Davis Street between Harris and Southmore.
The planned building, with its close proximity to City Hall, will mean that all government offices will be centralized.
The project “complements (Mayor Jeff Wagner’s) vision for a municipal services complex that will allow residents to find many local government services more easily,” city spokeswoman Laura Branch Mireles said.
The city’s old municipal services building is slated for demolition soon to make room for the new development, which will encompass five acres and is envisioned as enhancing the area’s appearance.
“The new building will feature a classic brick façade and domed cupola creating a distinctive landmark element,” Branch Mireles said. “The interior of the building boasts a two-story public concourse with clerestory windows that will allow natural light to radiate through the space.”
The design features two courtrooms, a jury assembly room and a centralized waiting area. Branch Mireles said there are also plans to move toward an eco-friendlier record-keeping system.
“Court staff are currently in talks to switch to a paperless system for a cost-saving and environmentally friendly record-keeping option,” she said.
Also planned is parking space for 172 public spaces and 54 staff slots.