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 3/27/19)

Project is a 6 phase project beginning with ground floor demo, colonnade enclosure, New Front Entry and State Attorney Office.  new court rooms and office renovations.  Staff entry has been completed as fare as we can go until owner’s gets new X-ray equipment. We have also completed the Records Building except for fire alarm final waiting on dial tone from the County. The Task 1 Front Entry demolition was completed, foundations have been excavated and will be poured on 3/27/19. The Colonnade work demolition has been started, we discovered some existing structural issues and details and working with the A/E for resolution.  State Attorney Office work is scheduled to begin Mid-April.