The Public Building Commission has begun work to temporarily relocate Traffic Court operations from 321 N. LaSalle Street to the Richard J. Daley Center. The new Traffic Court facilities will be located on the fourth floor, on the concourse level, and on the lower level of the Daley Center.
Much of the construction work in the Daley Center was invisible to the public. In order to create the least possible inconvenience in one of Chicago¿s busiest buildings, the Public Building Commission scheduled preliminary construction activities ¿ such as interior demolition, debris removal, and delivery of heavy materials ¿ during evening hours and on weekends.
When the work is finished, nine new major violation courtrooms with judges chambers and jury facilities will be located on the fourth floor; seven new minor violation courtrooms will be added to the concourse level, complete with offices for the County Clerk and support staff; and two new courtrooms will be located on the lower level.
To accommodate the new courtrooms, several city agencies within the Daley Center were relocated: the Department of Consumer Services moved to the second floor; some Cook County State¿s Attorney¿s offices moved to 28 N. Clark Street; and the Kronos employee time-keeping system facility moved to 33 N. LaSalle Street. New offices were built on the lower level for the city¿s Business Information Systems department.
Many of the new courts will be situated just off the city¿s popular underground pedway system that interconnects the north part of the Loop. In addition, this 100,000-square-foot facility, including judges¿ benches, witness boxes and restrooms, will be made completely accessible to people with disabilities.
Public Building Management Company served as the construction manager and Folgers Architects Ltd. was the designer for the project, which is anticipated to be completed and occupied by early 2001.