April 7, 2011

New District Court in downtown Rockville to open in June

Delays in safety inspections at the new District Court in downtown Rockville have pushed the opening to June 20.

The opening had originally been planned for December, but was already pushed back until February because of bad weather and routine construction delays.

At the same time, a permanent cure for the intense sunlight reflections off the building's southern windows is due soon. The state is evaluating a solar film that will decrease the reflection by 80 percent.

Barthol L. Thomas, acting assistant secretary for Facilities Planning, Design and Construction at the state Department of General Services, said the most recent delays were caused by safety inspection requirements.

"We've had a few setbacks with the emergency generator and we are now doing our final tests," Thomas said.

The court sits on the former site of the Rockville Library at the corner of Jefferson Street and Maryland Avenue. It sits across Jefferson Street from the current District Court building. SOURCE: Gazette

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