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 3/31/2020)

Front Entry Task 1, Colonnade, The State’s Attorney Office Task 2,The Clerk of the Courts, COC HR Task  4 and Evidence viewing room has been completed and turned over to Owner. Task 4 Jury room interior framing  and hanging drywall are 100% complete, hard ceilings are completed, tile floors and walls are completed, casework is on-site and ceiling grid has started. We are also starting in the final 2 Phases of the project, Task 3- Court Rooms and Task 6-Public Defenders with both areas in the process of safe off getting ready for demo. All the work is scheduled to be done at night so we will be splitting our staff. Task 7-Generator submittal have been approved and foundations will begin in April. Generator not schedule to be on-site until August. Almost all of the final work is around existing occupied spaces so we will be doing a to of the renovation work at night.