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Ribbon cut on new Municipal Court building
Mayor Mick Cornett and other City leaders cut the ribbon Monday on the new Municipal Court building, unveiling a more modern building that makes it more convenient for residents to conduct Court business.
“I’d like to thank the residents of Oklahoma City for approving the 2007 bond program that allowed us to build this new building and the new Police headquarters,” said Mayor Cornett. “The Municipal Court is an important part of our government. It helps make sure everyone is following the laws and ordinances that make Oklahoma City a safe and enjoyable place to live.”
Employees will begin moving into the new building in the next few weeks. Until then, court will take place in the old court building across the street.
The new Court building, 701 Couch Drive, is on the northwest corner of the historic Civic Center district on the opposite side of the new Police Department headquarters, which opened last year. The old Police headquarters and Court building are in between the new buildings, and will eventually be transformed into a parking plaza.
The new Court building’s design allows residents to use the customer service windows without first going through a security screening, unlike the old building. The 65,000-square-foot building is almost twice the size of the old one and combines traditional design influences with modern and efficient features.
Up to 140,000 hearings are heard every year in the Municipal Court, which have six courtrooms finished with decorative wood and natural stone. A monumental staircase and granite benches greet visitors in the lobby and atrium, which takes advantage of natural light.
The $22.8 million building was designed by ADG and built by CMSWillowbrook.
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