Client:Charlotte County Board of Commissioners
Location :Punta Gorda, Florida
Budget :$16,119,613
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 1/7/20)

We are working in 6 different locations. The Front Entry is progressing well, acoustical tile is installed, final paint is complete in upper elevations and we are beginning installation of security equipment. We have completed the Clerk of Courts area and working on final punch lists. State Attorney Office is completed and working on final punch list. The Colonnade construction is rapidly moving forward with tile currently being installed in 2nd phase, 2nd coat of paint completed and all MEP trim installed. Staff Entry partitions have been installed and ceramic flooring has been completed. We have began phased construction in the new Jury Room location, partial demo is completed, fire walls and partition walls are currently being constructed, MEP for new toilet rooms are being roughed and new revised Evidence viewing area is under construction. Above ceiling ductwork is also underway in the Jury Room area.