Designs for New Long Beach Courthouse Revealed

From the Press-Telegram newspaper.

LONG BEACH – The three teams vying for the chance to design and operate the new downtown courthouse have proposed a mix of modern and classic architectural designs and features ranging from rooftop terraces and landscaped courtyards to atriums meant to inspire transparency.

Oh, how rich. A courthouse “meant to inspire transparency.” If only that design plan could apply to this place.

I’m including the three photos of the new courthouse.

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10 responses to “Designs for New Long Beach Courthouse Revealed

  1. Posted at 4:04 p.m. this afternoon, Friday, December 18, 2009: Judicial Council Suing Another Unlicensed Contractor, by Cheryl Miller: http://legalpad.typepad.com.

    Follow the star, straight on till morning.

  2. Also posted today on the Sacramento Bee, Friday, December 18, 2009 at 4:56 p.m.: Judge: LA Courts Face Grim Future From Budget Cuts, by the Associated Press: http:///www.sacbee.com.

  3. love the look…sucky timing. And Judge McCoy what do you have to say? Is this still happening with all of your suggestions that courthouse construction bond funding be used for court operations?

  4. judicial observer

    I believe Judge McCoy, the Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles courts has made it clear that as much as the current rat infested and earthquake challenged Long Beach courthouse needs to be replaced, his preference is to divert the funds for now so that at least the court can continue to function of behalf of the citizens.

    Unfortunately, he has no say in such matters. Local control has been taken by the AOC and the Judicial Council and they, in their infinite wisdom, have determined that the building should continue. At least Judge McCoy will be able to close the courts in a very pretty building and the public can be secure in their knowledge that the judicial system in California would rather spend their tax dollars and fees on construction rather than on tending to their disputes.

    • justinianscode

      Reminds me of the ultimate purpose of the Taj Mahal. It’s a very beautiful mausoleum. A sign should be posted outside: “Here access to justice was laid to rest.”

  5. Obi-Wan Kenobi

    Build One.
    Close nine.
    Let’s extend that out.
    Build Twelve
    Close one hundered and eight.

  6. Good point observer. All of those folks working on construction/facilities management at the AOC need to be doing something with all of that money.

  7. Obi-Wan Kenobi

    About this particular courthouse:

    This courthouse will be the very first public/private partnership built with private money and leased back to the judiciary.

    This courthouse and these designs have not been subjected to any peer or engineering reviews by internal AOC’s employees. The architect leading this effort on behalf of the AOC is infamous within the AOC as thinking himself above the peer review process. His last courthouse, the 4th district courts of appeals in Santa Ana also had no peer review.

    When those engineers started ringing the alarm bells across the AOC about what they interpreted to be serious deficiencies that required change orders to ready the courthouse for an on-time delivery date, he denied those change orders believing he knew better and had control of the situation. He didn’t. Instead, his solution was to go on a european vacation with his family in the weeks just before the courthouse was to be turned over to the courts whereby the engineering staff took it upon themselves to force a number of emergency change orders through while he was on vacation and was in no position to deny them. Those engineers would only be partially successful in getting those change orders pushed through. Due to scheduling conflicts with vendors that would be unavoidable, the fire marshal would issue a provisional occupancy permit pending the corrections those engineers rang the alarm bell on.

    To give you an idea of the magnitude of this Long Beach project, this project costs six times as much as the 4th district court of appeals in Santa Ana and already, private contractors that are bidding these projects are already ringing the alarm bells on all three designs.

    • I remember that fiasco with the Santa Ana courthouse! Whoa…what a scary thought that the same architect in charge of that project is now assigned to be lead on the Long Beach courthouse! You can probably expect to encounter endless problems, great inconveniences and overwhelming budget overruns! But hey, it’s the AOC and being consistent is important, right?

      That particular architect is known for building beautiful buildings with no guts…meaning it might look great, but don’t expect it to be functional!

      Rumor has it that when the Santa Ana courthouse did open up, on the very first run to transport prisoners to the courthouse, the bus (full of prisoners) couldn’t even get into the sally port (the secured area where the transfer is actually made). Why? Because the bus bottomed out and got stuck & had to be towed/pulled out because of the incline/slope going into the sally port! This was just one of many problems they encountered, from what I understand.

      But, hey…a building doesn’t actually need to be functional if there aren’t any employees inside of it, right?

      • Correction on my post, it was a different courthouse where the sally port difficulties took place…not Santa Ana, but I can’t remember which one. Maybe soneone else knows? It was definitely this same architect, though, without a doubt because a bunch of people were discussing it!

        Teach me to post before I get out of my PJ’s and allow the coffee to circulate into my veins! (red face)