For Immediate Release - December 16, 2011

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION CELEBRATES DEDICATION OF TAUNTON DISTRICT COURTHOUSE

TAUNTON – Friday, December 16, 2011 – Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez today joined judicial officials and local lawmakers to celebrate the dedication of a new $80 million downtown courthouse. 

“Our Administration remains committed to creating new jobs and spurring economic development through targeted investments in the Commonwealth’s infrastructure,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “The construction of the new Taunton courthouse was completed under budget and now the facility will provide a boost for economic activity and long-term growth in the City's downtown district."

The new Taunton Courthouse is a 147,000 square foot facility that exemplifies energy efficiency and sustainable design principals, designed for LEED Silver certification. The building will achieve at least 17 percent energy cost savings over standard building design, emphasizing access to natural light throughout the building. Additionally, the building achieves 30 percent water savings over standard building design. 

"This project demonstrates the Patrick-Murray Administration’s commitment to modernizing our court facilities and helping Gateway Cities revitalize their downtown centers,” said Secretary Gonzalez. “Our prudent fiscal management has earned the Commonwealth its highest bond ratings in history – this means we are able to make critical infrastructure investments like this one at a lower cost to taxpayers, create new jobs and secure the Commonwealth’s economic future.” 

"The Patrick-Murray Administration is committed to developing energy efficient, consolidated court facilities that combine new infrastructure and state of the art technology to better serve the people of the Commonwealth,” said Division of Capital Asset Management Commissioner Carole Cornelison. “I would like to commend the design and construction teams for serving as such excellent partners on this project.” 

The courthouse, which began construction in 2008, includes eight courtrooms, District, Housing, Juvenile, Probate and Family Courts, support space for Trial Court operations, a detention area, record storage, mechanical areas, as well as the Pro Se Center, the Adult Court Clinic and the District Attorney’s Office. 

At its peak, construction of this project supported 140 construction jobs, keeping with the Administration's commitment to create new jobs and spur economic growth through investing in the Commonwealth's infrastructure. 

“After years of planning I’m pleased that the Patrick-Murray administration made a commitment to not only move forward in replacing the antiquated, non-functional trial court; but for also investing in and contributing to the revitalization of our downtown area,” said Senator Marc Pacheco. “I would also like to thank my partners and colleagues former state Representative Jim Fagan and Speaker Pro Tempore, Patricia Haddad for their efforts, ensuring that the appropriations for the project were secured in the House.  This project created hundreds of jobs at a time when the economy hit its lowest point in the greater Taunton area. This magnificent building will now serve as a corner stone for our downtown and incentive for future economic development in the heart of our city.”

"Revitalizing downtown Taunton is a top priority for me," said Representative Shaunna O'Connell. "We have already seen the benefits of the Taunton Trial Court complex with the opening and expansion of small businesses and increased patronage to many area businesses." 

"I am very pleased with the Patrick-Murray Administration that spear-headed this project," said Taunton Mayor Charles Crowley. "The new trial court will provide accommodations for judicial officials and the general public to the standard that our citizens so richly deserve." 

"The new courthouse is symbolic of our vision of a revitalized downtown Taunton," said Mayor-elect Thomas C. Hoye, Jr. "I would like to thank the Patrick-Murray Administration for their commitment to this project. I would be remiss if I did not mention the dedication of former state Representative James Fagan and state Senator Marc Pacheco in making the new Taunton District Courthouse a reality."

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