Milton, FL – November 13, 2019 – Ajax Building Company, Sam Marshall Architects and HOK proudly joined the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners in an exciting groundbreaking ceremony for the forthcoming Santa Rose County Judicial Center Complex today.
This project will consist of a stand-alone three-story county courthouse of approximately 110,000 gross square feet situated on 19 acres on Avalon Boulevard in Milton. The building will house eight courtrooms, eight judge’s suites and all the necessary support services including a secure holding area for inmates, hearing rooms, a law library, evidence rooms, jury selection and jury deliberation spaces. Also, in the same building will be related departments such as the clerk of courts, courts administration, plus space to support the office of the state attorney and the office of the public defender.
The building structure will be structural steel with an exterior of precast concrete with significant amounts of glass and glazing, while also designed to withstand winds of 140 mph or greater. There will be a two-story lobby at the public entry. The site will include on-site parking and three stormwater retention ponds. The site master plan envisions a future addition to the courthouse and two smaller stand-alone administrative buildings to house the balance of the county court support services (state attorney, public defender, guardian ad litem, and probation.)
Ajax with its experience of 61 years, more than 120 public entity clients, 40 public safety projects totaling over $300 million was selected, along with lead AE partner Sam Marshall Architects and HOK – ranked the #2 government architect in the country. Ajax and SMA have completed several projects together over the years, including the recently completed Okaloosa County Courthouse in August last year, as well as specific design-build projects totaling over $57 million. SMA and HOK also share experiential history with the First Judicial Circuit in Escambia County. As Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Sam Parker, said after the selection was announced, “We are very excited to see construction begin,” said Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Sam Parker, District 1. “We trust Ajax to deliver a safe, secure and functional new courthouse for the next century.”
About Our Company: Ajax Building Company, founded in 1958, is an employee owned and third generation family operated construction firm. During the past 61 years, Ajax has steadily grown to become one of the Southeast’s premier contractors. Our signature is embedded in projects throughout the Southeast. As a part of the STO Building Group, we bring project experience throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Our solutions to construction challenges are innovative and often exceed our owners’ expectations, regardless of the complexity or size of the project. Ajax prides itself on delivering projects on time, in budget and with the highest level of safety, customer service and quality.