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Departments in the Pierce County Courthouse are full to capacity and leave little room to expand, says a recent building analysis. -- Photo by Jason Schulte

Space issues plague courthouse departments

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Space issues plague courthouse departments
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Expansion of departments in the Pierce County Courthouse will likely not happen in the foreseeable future for two reasons: money, as evident by the budget cuts made last year, and space, as there is hardly any of that, either.


That is the opinion of a recent building summary done by KKE Architects, the architectural firm specializing in interior design and architectural planning. The company, with locations in Minneapolis and throughout the United States, did an overview of the judicial portion of the courthouse.

Some of their overall findings:

--Many county departments have been "shoe-horned" into spaces that are much too small, with no space for expansion.

--Inadequate spacing in storing and protecting county records, some of which are confidential.

--A cramped county board room with lack of public seating and inadequate presentation facilities.

--Not enough conference rooms on the court floor, which results in attorneys and clients meeting in the stairs or corridors throughout the building.

--Insufficient electrical power in the courthouse annex to handle data and communications equipment.

For more please read the Jan. 19 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 
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