HANCOCK COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER
Located at the base of the Lincoln Trail Bridge, this two story judicial center facility is separated according to court functions. The building features three state of the art courtrooms, judicial chamber suites, the circuit court clerk’s office, prisoner handling zones, and office suites for court affiliated state agencies.
The building utilizes a number of sustainable design techniques. A ground source geothermal heating and cooling system was elected for efficient temperature regulation. Roof mounted tubular daylighting devices provide natural light to the circuit and family courtrooms and decrease the artificial light demand in those spaces.
The great lawn will function as a gathering space for local festivals and town meetings. A modular, extensive green roof system installed on two low slope roof areas reduces rain water run off and reduces heating and cooling loads within the building. The compacted aggregate pier foundation system limits site disturbance and eliminate the need to replace otherwise unsuitable bearing soil. All wooded areas of the property will be maintained and protected to mitigate erosion.
The building was also designed for permanence, with shell materials that are damage resistant and should require little or no maintenance for the 100+ year expected life of the building.