Client:Charlotte County Board of Commissioners
Location :Punta Gorda, Florida
Budget :$15,227,638
Architect :Sweet Sparkman Architects
Completion :August 2020

Charlotte County Justice Center Renovation

The existing Justice Center, originally completed in 1999, currently consists of a five-story building interconnected with a three-story building, totaling 197,131 GSF.  The purpose of the project is to meet the needs of the county in the coming years through efficient designs and construction, along with technology.  Most typical justice center functions are currently housed on site including Circuit and County Courts, Court Administration, Clerk of Courts, State Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff’s Civil Office and Court Security, and other support functions such as Jury Assembly, Law Library, and public waiting and vending areas.

The renovations/remodeling will be accomplished while keeping the Justice Center open and in operation. High levels of security will be maintained throughout the construction, with minimal disruption to existing court functions and activities. Due to court operations, some construction work is anticipated to occur at night and on weekends.  The initial phase of construction will include the relocation of the County Records to an off-site location, enhanced security improvements, additional courtrooms and holding cells, and interior relocation, as well as remodeling the existing Justice Center Departments.

The design and construction will incorporate LEED “green” building concepts into the project where practicable.  In addition, Building Information Modeling (BIM), 3D Modeling will be utilized throughout the project.

CURRENT STATUS (as of 9/27/19)

We are working in 4 different locations beginning this month,  Demolition of the existing interior front entry wall is now complete, slab on grade is poured and we are working on overhead MEPs.  The Clerk of Courts area on first floor has been painted, ceiling grid installed, lights and diffused installed. Ceiling tile installation has started. The States Attorney office has all the walls primed and first coated, all ceiling grid installed, lights etc are in the grid and tile installation has started. All case work and tops are installed, toilet accessories in all net work and security wire has been pulled and terminated. We are continuing in the colonnade with handing and finishing the hard ceilings, all lights are burning and store for sill installation. Above ceiling MEP’s is ongoing and about 98% complete as well. Owner is very pleased with progress and our due diligence in working around public and staff.