Classic lines combine with state-of-the-art technology to shape the Nelson County Justice Center. Situated in the heart of one of the Common-wealth’s most historic counties, the structure is designed to both honor the rich past of the region and meet the current and future needs of an expanding community.
Inspired by plantations that once dotted the surrounding countryside, the building rises gracefully out of a rolling, meticulously landscaped environment, and is approached along a tree-lined boulevard. The ten acre site, once cluttered with the remains of an abandoned strip mall, is now a lushly green hub of a bustling and rapidly growing area of the community.
In order to create a more environmentally responsible facility, the Justice Center utilizes a geothermal heating and cooling system. The well field is located beneath a parking area adjacent to the building, allowing any maintenance or future expansion to be accommodated with virtually no impact to the building itself.
The interior, with its sweeping cherry-wood grand stair and sky-lit cupola, is a carefully crafted blend of warmth and elegance. Natural light floods the central rotunda, providing the public with a clear point of reference from all public spaces. Modern security and technology systems are incorporated discretely throughout the facility. The wood-trimmed courtrooms are wired for full digital access, and feature custom-engineered podiums with power and outlets for computer and projection needs. The courtrooms are also designed to be easily adapted to new technology systems.
Extensive use and ergonomic detailing of “touchable” materials, such a wood and granite, create a sense of warmth and home. The public spaces are comforting and calming in order to reduce the stress of participating in court proceedings.
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