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County courthouse renovations done by August

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Construction on the Yakima County Courthouse is just a few months away from completion.

The almost $4 million facelift to the building was started this past August as a way to make it more energy efficient.

County Commissioner Kevin Bouchey  says the project was jump started with help from a $600,000 federal grant.

He says the work has been needed for a long time.

"The 1960's courthouse was still in its original condition, in that it had single pane windows that leaked like a sieve whenever it rained," said Bouchey.

Along with new windows, the building has also been heavily insulated to help keep heating and cooling costs down.

The majority of the money for the project came from the county's Capital Improvement Budget which is funded through rent paid by tenants in the building.