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Construction of New Courthouse Halfway Done

BEND, OR -- Construction of Jefferson County's new courthouse is at the halfway point. John Williamson, Skanska Project Manager, tells KBND, "The project is in the middle of a big push right now, with looming winter weather approaching; a big push to get the dry-in activities completed. We're pushing towards getting the skin on the building to provide some weather protection, as well as get the roof wrapped up. Things are coming together. It looks like we'll be able to get this thing buttoned up by Thanksgiving, at this rate."


The existing courthouse was built in the early 1960s. It's considered too small, and is located in a floodway. Williamson says the new, nearly $15 million facility will have many benefits. "It'll be larger. The existing courthouse has two courtrooms; the new courthouse will have three. There will also be much better circulation space. And, one key difference that's going to be a huge benefit to the community, is a proper layout."


Williamson says, "Some of the power for this building will be generated through solar panels. There's just a real focus on energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems throughout. So the building will be very efficient which will allow lower operating costs for the county moving forward."


The new courthouse is located at Second and "E" streets in Madras and should be open by July.

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