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  Crawford County Judicial Center Complex, Page 25Crawford County Judicial Center Complex
SOA-Architects DBA Stuart Owsley & Associates, PA
816 East Jefferson, Pittsburg, KS 66762

Pittsburg, Kansas
Total Square Feet: 32,000
Construction Period: Jan 2001 to Mar 2002

Construction Team
General Contractor: Home Center Construction, Inc. - 420 West Atkinson, Pittsburg, KS 66762
Judicial Consultant: Michael LeBoeuf, AIA/DLR Group - 100 East Pine Street, #404, Orlando, FL 32801
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Smith-Goth Engineers, Inc. - 3855 South Jefferson Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807
Cost Estimator: SOA-Architects/DLR Group - 816 East Jefferson, Pittsburg, KS 66762

The Pittsburg Division of the Crawford County District Court found itself out of space with all of its Judicial Services provided in three separate buildings and limited off street parking spaces. In addition, the existing 30-year-old Judicial Center was not completely handicap accessible and could not handle the current and projected future caseload. The Court Administrator and Chief Judge for the 11th Judicial District requested a two year 1/2 cent sales tax referendum to finance a new Judicial Center Complex. The project included utilizing an existing 15,000-square-foot Safeway Grocery Store built in 1956 to be purchased by the county. The existing building shell provided a sound concrete wall structure with 14-foot ceilings and a column free clearspan structure. The site provided existing paved off-street parking areas at the front and rear of the building. The project architect, Stuart Owsley with SOA-Architects estimated that adaptive reuse of this property and the existing structure would save Crawford 
County a quarter of a million dollars in construction costs compared to constructing a complete new facility on another site. 

Court Officials requested that a Judicial/Courts Consultant be included on the team. Michael LeBoeuf, AIA of DLR Group of Kansas City, Missouri and Orlando, Florida brought the expertise and judicial facility design experience for the initial program/design development phase of the project. 

The design of the facility included separation of five traffic functions: public, staffs, judicial, jury and inmate/defendants. A linear lobby/corridor connects the new addition and the existing building structure while providing a roof/ceiling transition featuring clerestory daylighting as well as a strong path to all public and private internal functions. 

The main public entrance at the north end of the lobby directs all visitors through a metal detector arch at the security desk area. All public waiting areas are separated from their respective reception counters with transparent Level 1 bullet resistant glazing panels. The existing renovated structure accommodates two district courtrooms, district court clerk, jury rooms, inmate holding/security area and judicial chambers. The balance of the program, lobby/corridor, one hearing room, law library, court services, community corrections, county attorney and jury assembly/meeting room, is housed in an addition that carries across the west face of the existing building structure. An east addition includes the inmate entrance/sallyport garage and central mechanical/electrical systems.

Located to the northwest of the existing structure is a sign tower, which served as the icon/signage for the grocery store chain. Incorporated into the design of the main public entrance, this element is now a clock tower. The exterior materials are simulated stone accents of ground face masonry units and rust red brick. 

The project utilized to the greatest extent, local prime contractors and subcontractors from Crawford County. This adaptive reuse/additive design of the Judicial Center Complex has been the best solution for the Citizens of Crawford County and the Pittsburg Division for the 11th Judicial District of the State of Kansas. 


DIV 07: EIFS: Dryvit; Single-Ply Membrane: Duro-Last Roofing.
DIV 09: GRC/GRG Column Covers: DecoForm; Bullet Resistant Glazing Panels: Bullet Guard; Seamless Epoxy: Dur-A-Flex, Inc.; VCT: Tarkett; Carpet: J&J Industries.
DIV 11: Clocks: The Verdin Clock Company.
DIV 13: Composite Metal Insulation: Loadmaster Deck System.

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