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Riverside County's New Law Building Reaches 'Topping Out' Milestone

A special ceremony was held at the location in Indio on Wednesday.

Supervisor John J. Benoit and the City of Indio celebrated a major construction milestone for the County Law Building, the future three-story offices for the county’s legal departments and the Indio branch of the law library on April 16, 2014.
Supervisor John J. Benoit and the City of Indio celebrated a major construction milestone for the County Law Building, the future three-story offices for the county’s legal departments and the Indio branch of the law library on April 16, 2014.

A topping-out ceremony was held Wednesday for the County Law Building in Indio.

The three-story, 90,000-square-foot building at Highway 111 and Jackson Street -- one of several to be constructed to support Riverside County's public safety apparatus -- will house a law library and personnel from the district attorney's and public defender's offices.

The county expects to occupy the building by next April, according to Supervisor John Benoit's office.

The topping-out ceremony began at 11:30 a.m., when workers and dignitaries signed a steel beam that was hoisted to the roof to mark the building's highest point.

Benoit said the building is going up ahead of schedule and will feature carport solar panels to generate electricity, drought-resistant landscaping, electric charging stations and energy and water-saving features. Recycled building materials are being used, according to Benoit's office.

A 5,000-square-foot building will be built nearby to house a restaurant.

The County Administrative Center that housed the county law offices and other departments on Highway 111 and Oasis Street is being demolished to make way for the $350 million East County Detention Center, which will increase the number of inmate beds.

Other future facilities include the East County Emergency Operations Center on Dr. Carreon Boulevard and Oasis, and a three-level, 1,000 vehicle capacity parking structure for use by government employees and the general public at Plaza Avenue and Oasis.


– City News Service.



Ern Batavia April 17, 2014 at 08:43 AM
I hope that juror parking is in the mix someplace here.....that situation sucks if you're called. I've had to park two blocks across Hwy 111 on occasion.
Michael Kennedy April 17, 2014 at 09:35 AM
Let us hope that with the new law building will come a measure of local justice that has been severely lacking over the past few years. [And I agree with Ern that more attention needs to be given to jurors and to their comfort - an independent, neutral, and robust jury pool is necessary to the effectuation of justice.]

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