Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Minnesota Judicial Center has a long and storied history providing very important and educational services to the people of Minnesota. Sitting adjacent to the Minnesota State Capital, the Judicial Center is home to the State’s Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and the Law Library. Before becoming the Judicial Center, the building was home to the Minnesota Historical Society since the building was constructed in 1917 until changing hands in 1992. Built in the neoclassical style with eight two-story granite columns, the buildings shows its presence of grandeur and power.
Older buildings pose a unique set of challenges that many newer buildings do not, especially buildings as old as the Judicial Center. This project had a huge challenge with demo and clearing the area for the new waterproofing. The old material was way overdue for replacement as the previous system had failed and allowed water to penetrate the insulation and soak the foam boards, making them much too heavy for one person to handle. Foreman Ernesto Rubio was able to motivate others around him to make light of this expectantly heavy situation. Ernesto credits having the best workers with him on the job for the job going as smooth as it can be, even in very hot temperatures.