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TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes will lead a “topping out’’ ceremony at the site of the new Mercer County Criminal Courthouse at noon,  Tuesday, Jan. 4. Hughes will be on hand with Congressman Rush Holt at noon for interviews.

In building construction, “topping out” is a festive ceremony marking the last steel beam being placed on top of a building. The brief event will feature some short remarks, followed by our dignitaries signing the final steel beam before it is hoisted to the top of the structure and set in place.

This topping out ceremony commemorates an important milestone in the construction of this facility.

The new Criminal Courthouse is one of the largest and most important construction projects ever undertaken in Mercer County. Construction began in June 2010 at the site, which is located at South Warren and Market streets, directly behind the existing, century-old criminal courthouse. The new, 141,000-square-foot building is expected to take two years to complete and will meet environmentally friendly LEED standards. Aside from bringing the County’s judiciary functions into the 21st Century, the new structure is also creating 250 to 300 trade and construction jobs.

Please be advised that sturdy walking or hiking footwear is required because the area is a working construction site; hardhats will be provided for all visitors. Parking at the site of the new courthouse is not available. Please make your own arrangements either to be dropped off at the Livingston Street entrance, or to park in the parking lot of the Sun National Bank Center arena off Hamilton Avenue and ride the shuttle bus to the Livingston Street entrance.

WHAT: Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes to lead “topping out” of new Mercer County Criminal Courthouse
WHEN: Noon, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011
WHERE: Livingston Street entrance. (See instructions above. Parking at the site is not possible).