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Checking In At Broward County's New Courthouse

Construction action continues at the new Broward County Courthouse on the south side of the New River, just behind the county's 'riverview' jail. A construction shot taken by Smith Aerial Photos and posted on exMiami shows construction has hit the third floor of what will be a twenty story building, complete with court rooms galore, secure pedestrian bridges for prisoners, judges, and the public, and even an extra 34,000 square foot 'shell' floor, for future expansion. Architectbabble, and renderings are after the jump.

According to exMiami, the architect is AECOM Design of Miami, in a joint venture with Cartaya & Associates Architects and Heery International. And this is what those architects have to say:

The 18-acre campus includes a county office building, the county jail, three courthouse buildings, energy center, and a parking garage; the master plan is designed to accommodate growth through 2030 and beyond. A series of pedestrian parks and plazas and a riverfront promenade will create a new civic campus. The new 730,000-square-foot courts building will occupy a 1.55-acre portion of the campus and will be a 20-story high-rise structure providing state-of-the-art courtrooms and office space. The new building includes 355,000 square feet of administrative office space for several government agencies. The building will house 74 courtrooms and hearing rooms for the county criminal, juvenile dependency, juvenile delinquency, domestic relations, magistrates, probate, county civil, and circuit civil courts components. The litigation spaces are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of each court department and include a mixture of 500 to 700 square foot hearing rooms and courtrooms ranging in size from 1,000 to 2,200 square feet. Support space for the building includes extensive areas for the Clerk of Court, State Attorney, court administration, and sheriff functions. Additional support spaces include secure bridges for prisoner and judges' circulation, as well as a public connector between the new building and the existing east and north wings of the courthouse. A 34,000-square-foot shell floor will allow for future expansion. A 500-car garage will provide secure parking for staff and judges and will link to several buildings on the campus. The garage will also provide dedicated space for facility management shops, staff, and vehicles as well as retail and office space facing the new entry plaza.

· Broward County Courthouse [exMiami]