The new Grayson County Justice Center is a new free standing structure consisting of approximately 39,000 s.f. of programmed area. The site selected for this new Judicial Center is located directly east of the existing Grayson County Justice Center located in downtown Leitchfield, Kentucky. The county has purchased approximately 50 acres of undeveloped land that is located adjacent to the downtown district. Of these 50 acres, 5 acres have been identified and secured for the new Judicial Center. The 5 acres chosen is directly in the center of the 50 acre plot and is the highest point of the property. When completed, the Judicial Center should be visible from nearly all downtown points of view including the Western Kentucky Parkway.
The architectural style of this new Judicial Center is considered somewhat transitional between traditional and contemporary architecture. Being the first new structure in this new development, the prominence of this facility is of the utmost importance. Since it will be a “Beacon” for this community it was extremely important to provide a design that is carefully detailed from all sides (as if there are four front facades to the building) yet still creating an identifiable public entrance.
The Judicial Center design will consist of two main building floor levels and a partial lower level. This first floor will consist of the District Courtroom with associated support spaces, District Judge’s Chambers, Circuit Court Clerk’s Offices, pre-trial, CDW and drug court offices, main building public secure entry and facility public circulation areas.
The second floor will consist of the Circuit Courtroom, with associated support spaces, Circuit Court Judge’s Chambers, Family Court/Hearing Room, Family Court Judge’s Chambers, Grand Jury Suite, Special Judges/Visiting Judge’s Offices, and facility public circulation areas.
The lower level will consist of the main prisoner sallyport and holding areas, mechanical room, electrical service room, judicial entry and building storage.
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