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Pilot Project for a New California Court Construction Program

Contra Costa County Richard E. Arnason Justice Center
Pittsburg, California, USA

This new courthouse serves as a gateway to an emerging civic center in Pittsburg’s central business district.

This is the pilot project for California’s new Trial Court Facilities Standards. Combining regional materials with crisp, modern architecture, the new justice center establishes an open, transparent presence while satisfying the program needs of a highly advanced regional courthouse.

This building provides traffic, family, criminal trial and arraignment courtrooms. The jury assembly pavilion and entry lobby are carefully isolated, yet can be used after hours by community groups.

Sustainable features include extensive natural light and a green roof system that helps conserve water and cool the building.

Construction was completed in less than two years – on time and on budget.

The project was recognized in the AIA’s Justice Facilities Review 2013, which documents best practices in planning and design for justice architecture: “The jury praised the building’s warmth, sense of openness and the use of natural light throughout. Even the courtrooms have an abundance of natural daylight, as the design team incorporated skylights or high windows that would allow such light without disturbing privacy of the courtroom proceedings.”

 

LEED CERTIFICATION

LEED-NC Silver

SIZE

71,600 sq. ft. / 6,650 sq. m.
7 courtrooms

SERVICES

Architecture
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing/
  Fire Protection Engineering

AWARDS

American Institute of Architects – AIA Justice Facilities Review

American Institute of Architects / American Association for Justice – Award of Excellence Citation

Associated General Contractors – Excellence in Partnering Award

National Center for State Courts – Retrospective of Courthouse Design, 2001-2010

Western Council of Construction Consumers – Distinguished Project Award