Osceola County had a big idea: to create a strong government center that paid homage to the existing historic structures, while infusing the future through expansion. The design team worked closely with the County to realize its complex plan for one home and three distinct buildings: a new courthouse; an administration building consisting of a new addition; and the renovation of the historic courthouse constructed in 1889. Sensitivity was paid to operational efficiencies, historic Romanesque-style architecture, and the surrounding residential neighborhood, while introducing contemporary accents that evoke modern-day classical American courthouse buildings.
Osceola County is proud to be home to the oldest operating courthouse in Florida, a reputation that inspired an upgrade of the historic facility to keep pace with the region’s rapid growth. The County envisioned a highly complex functional, yet efficient, operation that the design would need to accommodate.
The courthouse planning team provided well distributed shell space throughout the building, allowing Osceola County to expand operations organically by converting the shell space to new courtrooms, chambers and support spaces. The siting and design allow for a future addition to the east of the courthouse. SLAM continues to update the master plan and bring new spaces online.
“The dedication to our mission by the design team has resulted in a complex in which we are extremely proud. I have found their entire organization to be highly professional. Their enthusiasm and commitment are admirable.”