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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 12/11/18)
Phase 1 GMP ($2,078,000) for the Records Center Renovation and Control Booth Renovation are approximately 60% and 80% complete respectively. This work is required to allow for the Phase 2 GMP work to proceed which is currently scheduled to start middle of January 2018.
Phase 2 GMP work provides for fully renovated State Attorney space, enclosed colonnade and new staff screening entry. Once this work is completed, then building of the two new Courtrooms and Judges space will commence.
Other parts of the Phase 2 GMP work includes renovation of Public Defender office space, Clerk of Courts office space and new Jury Assembly area. All phase 2 work to be complete by June 2020.