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Lake County Judicial Center

Expansion / Renovation

the backstory

The Lake County Government Center Renovation and Expansion serves as the keystone for a complex of buildings and open spaces on a four-block county government campus. Recognizing the time for expansion and renovation was at hand, Lake County hired SLAM (formerly Heery Design) to provide planning, programming and design services for a multi-phased expansion that has helped to create and revitalize the downtown government campus. 


Expansion / Renovation
Interior Design
Programming & Planning
Tavares, FL
Completed 2013
168,000 SF Addition | 120,000 SF Renovation

Thanks to steady population increases, Lake County’s need for services had outgrown its available space. The Lake County Judicial Center expansion and renovation is intended to create a new image for the Justice Center while mitigating issues with the existing undersized facilities.


The County faced severe economic challenges and budget reductions at the mid-point of design. Working closely with departmental users, the design team reduced and redefined the project scope to meet new budget requirements.

A key component to the success of the project was the design team’s ability to unify the campus consisting of a variety of architectural styles, with the historic courthouse serving as the genesis of a campus palette.


Justice Center Site: BEFORE


Justice Center Site: AFTER


“SLAM has an excellent understanding of Court design. Elated at their understanding of security needs within the court… their communication, willingness to listen and adapt, was the major factor in making this a success.”

Captain Kevin S. Drinan
Court Services Bureau Commander

SLAM achieved the county’s goal of creating a state-of-the-art sustainable complex that is accessible and will serve the public well into the future. It has played a vital role in the redevelopment of downtown Tavares, and has created a positive economic impact for the entire community.

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