County Law Building Reaches Topping Out Milestone
INDIO – Supervisor John J. Benoit and the City of Indio will celebrate 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.
The County Law Building Topping Out ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 16 at the southwest corner of Highway 111 and Jackson Street in Indio.
“It is so exciting to see this building go up ahead of schedule, and the active construction of $375 million in projects in Indio that are supporting families and the local economy,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “At the peak of construction, these projects will have upwards of 750 workers a day on the job sites as they build much-needed infrastructure to serve the Coachella Valley for decades to come.”
During the ceremony, workers and dignitaries will sign their names on a white steel beam, which will forever be a part of the building. The beam will be hoisted to the roof level of the County Law Building with a Christmas tree and American flag, commemorating that the highest point of the building has been reached.
The site is an active construction site, so everyone near the beam as it goes up will wear a hard hat for safety.
The County Law Building will provide offices for the district attorney, public defender, county counsel and Indio branch of the Riverside County Law Library. The building is being developed under a public-private partnership with Trammell Crow Company, which began construction in January. Riverside County expects to occupy the County Law Building by April 2015.
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.