Richard E. Arnason Justice Center

  • Location:

    Pittsburg, California

  • Client:

    Judicial Council of California

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Features & Highlights

  • LEED Silver®
  • Saved the owner $2 million
Project Overview

The Richard E. Arnason Justice Center is a 73,000-square-foot courthouse facility—built with the Construction Manager at Risk delivery method—that includes seven courtrooms, judges’ chambers, administrative space, a library, conference rooms and in-custody detention areas. Combining regional materials with crisp, modern architecture, the project established an open and transparent presence while satisfying the program needs of a highly advanced regional courthouse.

An early concern of the project was noise impact to the old courthouse facility, which was located next door to where the new facility would be constructed. Users of the old facility were concerned about construction noise interrupting their court proceedings, so the team responded with a unique solution: they erected a temporary sound wall between the old building and the site. There were no complaints of disrupting court proceedings during construction. Learning about the problem early – and having the flexibility to solve it—were direct outcomes of the CMAR method.

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The team erected a temporary sound wall between the old courthouse building and the new site to avoid disrupting court proceedings.


Awards & Accolades

2011 Partnering Award, AGC California

2011 WCCC Distinguished Award, Western Council of Construction Consumers

2010 National AIA Justice Facilities Review, American Institute of Architects