Summit County Government

Posted on: July 6, 2015

Summit County Unveils New District Attorney and Probation Facility

Photo of officials cutting a ribbon across the front of a building

New facility improves efficiency and provides adequate space for Fifth Judicial District Attorney staff and Summit County Probation

Contact:
Scott Vargo, Assistant County Manager
970-453-3404, scottv@co.summit.co.us

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County unveiled its newest facility on Monday, an 8,400-square-foot annex to the Summit County Justice Center, housing offices for the Fifth Judicial District Attorney and Summit County Probation.

The new offices are located at the former site of the Summit County South Branch Library, which moved into its new facility on Harris Street in Breckenridge in January. The former library building, located on Airport Road in Breckenridge, was remodeled and expanded from 3,500 square feet to 8,400 square feet.

“The completion of this facility is the culmination of work by a broad partnership that includes Summit County, the Town of Breckenridge, the Fifth Judicial District, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the Summit County Library Foundation, the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and many other community partners,” Summit County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said. “We’re extremely grateful to the many individuals and organizations who came together to provide improved facilities and amenities for our community.”

The project has allowed the Fifth Judicial District Attorney to return to the Justice Center complex from its previous location, more than a mile away. The old offices impacted staff efficiency and lacked appropriate security and adequate space for District Attorney staff, which has experienced considerable increases in its caseload. The new facility’s basement eliminates the need for additional off-site storage space, further improving office efficiency. The new facility features security cameras and 24-7-365 monitoring provided by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, located in the Summit County Justice Center.

In addition, the project addresses the need for expanded space by Summit County Probation, which has also seen significant caseload increases in recent years. Importantly, the space vacated by Summit County Probation will be used to accommodate growth in the Sheriff’s Office and County and District Courts in the years to come.

The project cost totaled $2.6 million, and all work was completed on an accelerated schedule, with the expansion beginning prior to the South Branch Library’s move. Local architect Matt Stais and his team designed the facility with energy efficiency and future flexibility in mind. As the Justice Center campus evolves, the removal of partition walls within the facility would allow it to be modified seamlessly to serve a single tenant.

GE Johnson Construction Company served as the general contractor. The construction team took advantage of favorable weather throughout the winter, staying ahead of schedule and allowing staff to move into the facility in late June.

Summit County received a $600,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs’ Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program to support the building design and construction. Without the state grant, Summit County would not have been able to undertake the full expansion.

“The DOLA funding was absolutely instrumental in our ability to fully accommodate the workspace needs for these agencies,” Davidson said. “They’re in a much better position to effectively and efficiently carry out the critical work they do for our community every day, both now and into the future.”

The Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program assists political subdivisions that are socially and/or economically impacted by the development, processing or energy conversion of minerals and mineral fuels. Funds come from the state severance tax on energy and mineral production and from a portion of the state's share of royalties paid to the federal government for mining and drilling of minerals and mineral fuels on federally owned land. The program was created by the legislature in 1977.

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