Retracing her steps as a Maricopa County Superior Court judge, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor dedicated the county’s new South Court Tower, the largest construction project in county history. O’Connor, who was first appointed to the state Senate in 1968 by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, praised the efficiency and professionalism of the county Superior Court and the construction excellence that went into the tower, described by Supervisor and Board Chairman Max Wilson as “A centennial project designed to serve the public for 100 years.”
Deputy County Manager Sandi Wilson, who attended the Feb. 14th dedication ceremony, noted that the $335 million tower was funded by budgetary savings and involves no debt, relieving taxpayers of an estimated $191 million in interest costs. The project boasts an outstanding work safety record, without losing a day of work to a work accident. The tower is also notable for its detailed planning, flexible courtroom alignments, enhanced security, victim protection features and modern technology to increase efficiency in a judicial system already well known for its economy and professionalism.
|Photo - Left to right: Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Deputy County Manager Sandi Wilson, and Communications Director Cari Gerchick |