Capital bond funds may be allocated for repairs, renovations and construction of new facilities that improve the efficiency of court operations and the health and safety of courthouse occupants. There are three major projects and several repair projects in progress that are funded by recent court bond bills.
New Greenfield Trial Court
The new comprehensive justice center will include the historic facade of the existing courthouse.
Gross Square Footage: 105,000
Courtroom Total: 6
Estimated Completion: Late-2016
Total Project Cost: $65 million
Est. Construction Cost: $51 million
Designer: Leers Weinzapfel Assoc.
Salem Probate & Family Court Renovation
The 100-year-old courthouse will be completely renovated with a redesign of the rear addition.
Gross Square Footage: 77,000
Courtroom Total: 4
Estimated Completion: Early-2017
Total Project Cost: $50 million
Est. Construction Cost: $36 million
Designer: Perry Dean Rogers
New Lowell Judicial Center
The new multi-department courthouse will be a model for future energy-efficient civic buildings.
Gross Square Footage: 265,000
Courtroom Total: 17
Estimated Completion: Late-2019
Total Project Cost: $200 million
Est. Construction Cost: $147 million
Designer: Finegold Alexander Architects
Deferred Maintenance Projects
There is a renewed emphasis on reducing the backlog of deferred maintenance issues with Trial Court buildings across the state. In addition to capital bond funds, the Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) administers a separate deferred maintenance allocation that is distributed to state agencies and the Judiciary each Fiscal Year. Deferred maintenance projects are identified and prioritized as part of the Commonwealth Asset Management Information System (CAMIS), a statewide database of all buildings owned and managed by the state. CAMIS is the major decision making tool for determining which repair projects will be funded and moved forward into implementation.
These projects are administered collaboratively by the Trial Court and DCAM. The project prioritization tries to optimize the appropriation in to court facilities that offer the best return on investment. Five years ago, a study completed by Gienapp Design Associates determined that $500 million was required to meet all of the critical deferred maintenance needs of the Trial Court buildings. Current CAMIS projects are detailed in the table referenced below.