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The new Imperial County Criminal Courthouse in El Centro will increase efficiency by consolidating all criminal court operations under one roof in a modern, secure building that will better serve Imperial County residents. It will include 4 courtrooms in approximately 47,000 square feet. The new courthouse will provide appropriately sized courtrooms, jury deliberation rooms, an adequately sized self-help center, attorney/client conference rooms, and ADA accessibility. Enhanced security features will include entrance screening of all court users, a secure sallyport, adequately sized in-custody holding and improved fire and life safety. The historic courthouse will continue to hear civil, family, small claims, and traffic cases. The Brawley Courthouse will be closed.

The project is currently in construction phase, with a current expected construction completion date of fall 2021. This schedule is subject to change.

Prior to forming TBE Architecture, firm principle Ray Willett, worked on this project while at Safdie Rabines Architects in San Diego. Ray’s role in the project was project management, materials and specifications and code review to bring a previously canceled program into compliance with the current code cycle.