The verdict on courthouse project: Construction boom across region
Santa Barbara’s proposed $152 million criminal courthouse project is expected to create 3,500 direct and indirect jobs in the area over a five-year period, representing a major economic boost to the region’s sagging construction industry.
Local builders say the project will likely be handed to a larger, out-of-town general contractor who can handle the scope of the 97,000-square-foot building, but that they expect to see some of the stimulus trickle down to them in the form of subcontractor and supplier jobs.
“It’s a job almost to the magnitude of Cottage Hospital. It will put a lot of people to work,” said Frank Schipper, president of Santa Barbara-based Frank Schipper Construction Co.