In Session: Court Construction
November 10, 2007 – The Tribune
Construction of Paso Robles’ $8.2 million Superior Court facility is about 50 percent complete, said Bruce Fraser, principal with Fraser Seiple Architects in San Luis Obispo.
His firm and San Francisco-based KMD Architects, the team that crafted the San Luis Obispo County Government Center, designed the two-story, 22,300-square-foot North County building.
Plans include two courtrooms, jury and deliberations rooms, judges’ chambers and court administration offices.
“We’ve used a fair amount of brick (in the design) to tie into other traditional Paso Robles buildings,” Fraser said.
The quarter-circle-shaped structure at 901 Park St. will also have space for future expansion in four courtrooms.
The 1.4-acre lot adorned with oak trees will have 36 parking spaces, an extension of the Park and 10th streets sidewalk into the public entrance plaza, and an outdoor break and garden area for employees.
Owner/contractor: Superior Court of California/ LC Nelson & Sons, Selma, Calif.
Architects: Fraser Seiple Architects, San Luis Obispo (prime architect); KMD Architects, San Francisco (consulting architect); The Environmental Collaborative, San Luis Obispo (landscape architect).
Engineers: Taylor & Syfan, Los Osos (structural); Brummel-Myrick & Associates, San Luis Obispo (mechanical); Thoma Electric Co., San Luis Obispo (electrical); R. Thompson Consulting Inc., Atascadero (civil).
Construction manager: Vanir Construction Management, San Luis Obispo.
Project value: $8.2 million.
What’s happening now, constructionwise: The building is framed and exterior waterproofing finishes are being added, including roof, window and plaster work.
Projected completion date: July 2008.
- Tonya Strickland