Justice Center Update

By: Tina Stein
By: Tina Stein

From the street, the Winnebago County Justice Center looks like a done deal. But there are still some important finishing touches underway.

"They're checking doors and doing the check outs on the cameras and doors and intercoms and access cards and keys," says Gary Burdett, Justice Center Project Director.

Next week, the center's architect and contractors will conduct a complete walk through. At that time, they'll develop a checklist of what's to be done by opening day, which is expected to be in July. Since most of the construction is about finished, details are getting extra attention.

"The cells are in place they're going through and doing painting and caulking," Burdett says.

Just down the road, other major construction is being done at the Old Courthouse. The entire third floor has been gutted and the second floor will be next week. That's how this century-old crown molding was discovered.

"A lot of what you see here is the history that happened 100 years ago so if the walls could talk it probably would tell a very interesting story," says Director of Purchasing and Facilities, Sally Claassen.

The Old Courthouse is being remodeled so juvenile court rooms can go into the justice center, along with the work release program. That way the entire Old Courthouse could be dedicated to court services and adult probation.

Construction on the second floor of the Old Courthouse starts this weekend. That means all juvenile courtrooms are being moved to the Public Safety Building. So if you have juvenile court anytime after 8am on Monday, you are to report to the PSB.

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