Barbara Rodriguez Mundell, presiding judge of Maricopa County Superior Court, has written a My Turn column for the daily, in which she heaps accolades on the new and innovative 16-story criminal court tower.
Mundell never mentions the cost, but does enthuse over the consultants who ensure victims’ rights will be in the forefront of the design team‘s agenda.
Funny, all along we thought it was the dispensation of justice, by interpreting the law and applying it to the facts of each case, which was the role of the criminal courts.
Among the litany of recommendations to be implemented, from separate waiting rooms, hallways and restrooms for victims and their families, are “highly visible signs.” How much do you bet they’ll be bilingual?
The courts have enlisted the services of Dr. Judith Heerwagen, an environmental and evolutionary psychologist whose work focuses on the links between building design and human health, well being, and productivity. Mundell stresses Heerwagen’s ability to make the new courts more “empathetic.” Among other projects, Heerwagen has worked with the University of California, Berkeley on the development of a protocol for assessing sustainable buildings. “The Living Building Leader,” Cascadia, has offices in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington state and Oregon. Their exceptionally high-end website carries these words: “The Cascadia Region Green Building Council advocates for change at all levels and pushes for paradigm-shifting legislation.”
We’ll leave you to figure out what that signifies, but we suspect it’s expensive and has a left-wing bent.
The project is currently pegged at costing taxpayers $340 million. Any additional questions you might have after reading Judge Mundell’s column, are answered — with slant included — at no additional cost. The county has thoughtfully provided a live construction camera which updates images every minute, for those interested in seeing how their money is being spent.
But under the link for Consultants and Contractors, only Arizona companies are listed and there is not a single mention of Dr. Heerwagen.