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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 7/29/19)
We are working in 4 different locations beginning this month, the front entry cmu is now 100% complete, brick work has started and roofers have mobilized. The Clerk of Courts area on first floor has all the new ductwork installed, the new shaft walls and drywall is 100% complete and in wall electrical has been completed, The States Attorney office is in full construction with 100% of the new stud walls framed, all drywall has been installed and finished, wall are currently being painted. We are continuing in the colonnade with wall framing, ceiling framing and have started the second phase of demo. Site work is continuing the south crash walls foundations and walls complete, site security fencing is now 90% complete. Overall the project is progressing well and the coordination with an active court house has went like clockwork.