County to Break Ground on New Law Building Thursday
INDIO – The County Law Building is the latest project in Riverside County’s nearly half-billion-dollar plan for public safety and infrastructure enhancements in the city of Indio to start construction.
Supervisor John J. Benoit invites the public to the groundbreaking ceremony of the County Law Building, at 10 a.m. Jan. 16. The future three-story offices for the county’s legal departments and law library will rise at the southwest corner of Highway 111 and Jackson Street.
“Spurred by the expansion of detention center beds, Riverside County is investing more than $400 million in public safety and infrastructure projects, which will reinvigorate the east valley economy,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Major work has begun in Indio, and more will continue over the next 36 months, supporting families and infusing the local economy with $40 million in additional annual payroll thereafter.”
The approximately 90,000-square-foot County Law Building will provide new offices for the district attorney, public defender, county counsel and Indio branch of the Riverside County Law Library.
Construction of the County Law Building is necessitated by the new East County Detention Center, which will add 1,273 detention center beds in Indio. To clear the site, the County Administrative Center that housed the county departments will be demolished in late January. The center, located at 82-675 Highway 111, was built between 1968 and 1975 and was in need of updating.
The County Law Building will be constructed under a public-private partnership with Trammell Crow Company, which will develop the facility and lease it back to the county.
The sustainable project design includes: solar panels on carports that will generate approximately 25 percent of the building’s electrical usage, recycled content and low-emitting building materials, drought resistant landscaping, two electric charging stations and energy and water-saving features. These features may earn the facility the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold level certification.
A 5,000-square-foot building will be constructed for a future restaurant to provide more dining alternatives on the busy corner. The lease of the restaurant will be competitively bid for a private operator.
“The County Law Building will be a landmark building for the city of Indio, a modern, sustainable and architecturally pleasing facility that will serve the growing Coachella Valley for decades to come,” Benoit said.
Riverside County expects to occupy the County Law Building by April 2015.