The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a contract to build a new morgue facility that is expected to cost approximately $25 million.

The design-build contract for the new medical examiner and morgue facility was awarded to the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, county officials said in a statement.

The new building will replace the current morgue facility at the Sheriff’s Office Complex in French Camp.

“The medical examiner’s work is vital for the families of San Joaquin County, whether it is to pursue justice or closure for those who have lost a loved one. This new space will provide the best possible environment for both our employees and the members of the public we are committed to serve,” board chair Robert Rickman said in a statement.

The proposed project is a single-story building and will be approximately approximately 18,000 square feet, according to county officials.

The new facility’s construction will begin in November and is expected to take approximately 20 months to complete. County officials expect a delivery date of August 2025.

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