County leaders to address courthouse improvements next week

Phase one improvements include addition of courtrooms and offices; $54 million estimation

Kitsap County leaders will be holding a community presentation next week to address planning efforts underway for a new addition to the courthouse in Port Orchard.

The presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 in the Commissioners’ Chambers of the County Administration Building at 619 Division Street. The agenda will cover the scope of the project, schedule and work completed through 2019, and an opportunity for the public to ask questions. Presenters will include representatives from Kitsap County, the City of Port Orchard and Thomas Architecture Studios.

The courthouse is located on just over a 13-acre campus and is the home to a majority of Kitsap County public safety services. Originally constructed in 1935 and with the last modernization taking place in 1978, the courthouse is in need of replacement and has shown its limitations to cost-effectively improve conditions, life and safety systems, and technology, according to a summary of the project.

Cost estimates initially ranged from $130 million to $145 million and were well beyond the county’s ability to finance with existing revenues. As a result, another option was developed with a budget directive of living within available funds, the summary stated.

Phase 1 improvements

In January 2018, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, after consultation with other county elected leadership, approved Resolution 017-2019, a phased approach to addressing near- and short-term needs for the courthouse. Phase one includes an addition of courtrooms and offices, along with reuse of the existing courthouse. The estimated cost for phase one is $54 million, to be funded through projected real-estate excise-tax revenues.

Phase one improvements will:

  • Improve safety and security for the public, jurors, judges, staff and in-custody defendants with separated corridors and access points.
  • Provide ADA facilities to public restrooms, courtrooms, and parking areas.
  • Enhance vehicular and pedestrian circulation.
  • Move forward critical and required building repairs to extend the life of the existing courthouse. These improvements will repair leaking roofs, replace outdated heating/cooling systems, improve security and expand technology.
  • Improve onsite parking needs for jurors, visitors and employees.

More in News

26th District lawmakers tout sponsored bills in Olympia

Randall’s Medicaid extension bill passes Senate unanimously; House GOP calls for $30 car tabs

And the top-rated water source is …

Port Orchard City Council conducts own H 2 O taste test

Is Port Orchard ‘safe’? It depends on who you ask

National Council for Home Safety and Security says city ranks low in study; police chief has doubts

Dr. Berit Madsen, Dr. Faroush Abar, Dr. Jennie Crews, Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson, Miss Poulsbo Minako Todd and SCCA Vice President Aaron Crane pose for a photo during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the SCCA’s recently expanded clinic in Poulsbo. Ken Park / Kitsap News Group.
                                Dr. Berit Madsen, Dr. Faroush Abar, Dr. Jennie Crews, Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson, Miss Poulsbo Minako Todd and SCCA Vice President Aaron Crane pose for a photo during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the SCCA’s recently expanded clinic in Poulsbo. Ken Park / Kitsap News Group.
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance celebrates expansion of Poulsbo clinic

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance celebrated the expansion of its Poulsbo oncology clinic… Continue reading

Crash reported at SR 305 and Viking Avenue in Poulsbo

Emergency were called to a multiple vehicle collision at the intersection of… Continue reading

County approves annexation of 93 parcels of property for CKF&R

Senate Bill 5010 allows CKF&R to annex parcels within the fire district’s boundaries

‘Pipe bomb’ prompts residential evacuation in Poulsbo

A Department of Corrections visit to a Poulsbo home Monday evening resulted… Continue reading

Shelter in place warning lifted for Newberry Hill gas leak

CKF&R: gas leak occurred when an excavator struck a one-inch gas line

Bremerton WestSound Symphony gets family-friendly with ‘Fairy Tales & Legends’

Half-priced tickets are available for youth ages 18 and younger

Most Read