The Ventura County Board of Supervisors this week approved a $333,500 contract for design of a new courthouse in Simi Valley.
The board on Tuesday awarded the contract to Rasmussen & Associates, a Ventura firm that recently designed the renovation of a county social services building in Oxnard.
Construction on the East Valley Courthouse, which will be located at a six-acre site on the northwest corner of the Simi Valley Civic Center on Tapo Canyon Road, is expected to cost $5.5 million. It is scheduled to open about mid-1989, said Arthur E. Goulet, the county's director of public works.
Goulet said the new building will house about six municipal courts and replace a smaller courthouse nearby that is now used about two days a week. The county is swapping the land on which the temporary courthouse sits in exchange for the Civic Center parcel.