With an abundance of glass drawing natural light deep into the building, the design creates a comfortable environment for families and staff. All circulation areas are lined with windows, with clerestory and interior windows extending daylight into the courtrooms, hearing rooms, offices and conference rooms. An open staircase offers convenient access to all three floors.
The new complex consolidates all family court functions for the county and outside agencies. This includes juvenile functions, domestic relations, probate, prosecuting attorneys, clerks and family support services.
Taking advantage of a steep ridge running through the center of the site, the design creates two levels of courts facing Gull Road. Three levels of offices and support services line the building’s back side. A two-story, insulated glass curtain wall stretches the length of the public corridors and accentuates the building’s openness and transparency. Use of bricks with punched openings blends the design with a nearby residential community and an adjacent juvenile home.
Courtrooms and hearing rooms have advanced court technology systems that integrate audio-video recording, video-conferencing, evidence-presentation technology and sound reinforcement. This system eliminates the need for court reporters in the courtrooms.
HOK and TowerPinkster collaborated on the design, completing the project on time and under budget.