Eight-Story Courthouse Rises in Downtown San Jose | NBC Bay Area

Eight-Story Courthouse Rises in Downtown San Jose

A new addition to Silicon Valley skyline is in the making.



    Cranes are the "new bird" of Silicon Valley, an official joked - and he's half serious.

    Justice is on the rise in San Jose.

    Or at least the eight-story courthouse where it will be dispensed.

    Construction on Santa Clara County's new $230 million family courthouse -- the replacement for a building damaged in the Loma Prieta earthquake, 25 long years ago -- has begun in earnest, with a specialty crane lifting "nearly 5,000 unwieldy pieces of steel" into place, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

    Major construction that could disrupt downtown will take "14 long weeks," the newspaper reported, and the courthouse won't be open until 2016.

    Still, judges and lawyers alike are eager for their new surroundings, which will replace the "dingy courtrooms in leased buildings" they're working in now, the newspaper reported.

    It's one of many new projects going up in the South Bay, where the new bird is the "construction crane," joked county assessor Larry Stone.