Dare County Justice Center|
HEERY INTERNATIONAL P.C.
2 Hannover Square, 434 Fayetteville Street Mall, #1500
Raleigh, NC 27601
Manteo, North Carolina
Total Square Feet: 70,000
Construction Period: May 2001 to Oct 2002
GENERAL CONTRACTOR & COST ESTIMATOR: Heery International P.C. - 2 Hannover Square, 434 Fayetteville Street Mall, #1500, Raleigh, NC 27601
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Lasater Hopkins Chang, P.C. - 1015 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27605
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Heery International P.C. - 2 Hannover Square, 434 Fayetteville Street Mall, #1500, Raleigh, NC 27601
Dare County, North Carolina, a re- mote Outer Banks community located 90 miles from Norfolk, Virginia and 200 miles from Raleigh, North Carolina, required a state-of-the-art justice facility to replace its existing 100-year-old courthouse and associated warren of converted grocery store and motel buildings pressed into service as court support facilities. The result is a 70,000-square-foot, two-story justice facility, which includes the county tax offices, Register of Deeds, probation, Sheriff's office, holding cells, five courtrooms and Clerk of Court offices with support facilities.
The role of the courthouse in this small community made this a particularly significant project for the County. The primary users of the justice center- judges, clerk of the court, sheriff, register of deeds, and the general public either having their day in court or performing jury duty-had distinct opinions on how the new facility should look and operate.
While creating an exemplary, up-todate justice center that would be a model for other communities, Heery's project team was also charged with meeting other goals. Dare County wanted the justice center to present an appropriate civic image, as well as incorporate features in keeping with the community's expectations for the facility to reflect Dare County's rich heritage and history.
The new justice center is located at the end of the new Highway 64 bridge, meaning that the justice center is the first thing visitors to Roanoke Island (part of Dare County) see. Extensive architectural detailing on three sides presents an appropriate courthouse image. Elements of the old courthouse design (such as columns and the use of brick) are incorporated into the new building to give it this local, historical reference point. Other local design features include a terrazzo map of Dare County at the main lobby entrance, symbolic light house design for in the inside lobby, balcony columns, and extensive landscaping to blend with Manteo's city-wide approach to landscaping.
DIV 04: Masonry: Boral Brick.
DIV 07: Shingles: Elk.
DIV 09: Gypsum: United States Gypsum; Carpet: Shaw.