This tower addition to an existing Courthouse is located on a government campus with a well-developed civic plaza unifying the block. The addition defines a five-story edge and creates a new civic scaled entry that bridges the street and the campus plaza.
Renovation to the existing Courthouse includes seismic upgrade, fire suppression system, enhanced security and accessible access to all aspects of the court system.
The existing courthouse building, built in 1967, provided little space for security screening, had unreliable elevators, asbestos hazards, and outdated plumbing.
The new courthouse design uses contemporary planning standards to improve operations, security and circulation by separating populations within the building through separate circulation systems. In addition to “right-sizing” the functional spaces to meet today’s standards, the design adds layers of circulation for secure access and movement within the building, replaces 20 existing courtrooms, and provides administrative departments critical to the operations of the courts.