The Poder Judicial will inaugurate Friday its new $7.6 million judicial center in Limón. The 6,158-square meter, five-story building will bring all the services of the courts under one roof, the Poder Judicial said.
The court administrators expect to save money because they can give up the various rentals that were occupied in the Caribbean city.
The space is 66,284 square feet and concrete and glass are the dominant materials.
Court officials said the building is up to date with ramps for the disabled and Internet cables and closed-circuit television throughout. The structure also is designed to withstand earthquakes. It also complies with all the codes set forth by the Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos. In addition, the building is among the first in the judiciary to have a fire detection system, officials said.
The building also is air conditioned, a requirement in the Caribbean community. There also is an
electrical backup system and a system of lighting that is designed to save money, said the Poder Judicial.
Gonzalo Delgado S.A. built the structure under supervision by the Sección de Arquitectura e Ingeniería of the Poder Judicial. Design and inspections were by Consultécnica.
In addition to courtrooms and offices, the building has a gym and a dining area.
Prosecutors, public defenders, the Judicial Investigating Organization, and court psychologists all will have offices as will the local administrative workers.
Each floor contains two sets of bathrooms. One set is for the public, and one set is for judicial workers. The bathrooms are accessible for the disabled, the Poder Judicial said. There is a Costa Rican law requiring accommodations for the disabled in public buildings and in most private commercial structures.
Also inside are automatic tellers from Banco Popular and Banco de Costa Rica.