We started with the demolition and removal of the top six floors of the eight-story building and removal of the exterior brick, concrete and walls from the lower three floors. All mechanical and electrical items were also removed with the exception of the mechanical room in the basement as this feeds the courthouse heating system across the street.
Before building up, we had to build down. This project required compaction grouting, underpinning and below grade reinforcement to increase the strength of the existing foundations to hold the additional weight the that is being added back to the building. Five elevator shafts were installed through the existing slabs that run the length of the new five story building.
The new space features a five-story main entrance and feature stair, twelve extravagant courtrooms, jury chambers, prison holding cells, administrative offices, judges’ chambers, new restrooms, a covered judges balcony on the fourth floor, and an underground tunnel to the existing courthouse. This project features wood cherry wall paneling, wood doors and frames, terrazzo flooring, tile walls, and cherry woodwork for consistency throughout the building.