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  El Paso County Judicial Complex Addition and Parking Garage

DLR Group
525 North Cascade, #200, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Anderson Mason Dale
1615 Seventeenth Street, Denver, CO 80202

LOCATION: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Bid Date: Dec 2004
Construction Period: Jan 2005 to June 2006
Total Square Feet: 318,033 
Site: Parking garage, 1.17 acres; judicial complex, 4.4 acres.
Number of Buildings: 2; judicial complex addition and parking garage. 
Building Size: Judicial Complex, subterranean (parking) 15,985; basement, 18,888; first floor, 49,878; second floor, 47,777; each additional floor (3 – 5) 18,278; total, 187,362; Parking Garage, 1 thru 3rd floor, 43,557 each; total, 130,671. 
Building Height: Judicial Complex, subterranean & basement, 14’4”; first floor, 16’; second floor at lobby, 35’; floor to floor, 16’; penthouse, 17’6”; total 83’2” at tower parapet; Parking Garage, 11’4” average; total, 40’ to top parapet of stair tower.
Basic Construction Type: New. 
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. 
Exterior Walls: Metal panel, architectural precast. Roof: Membrane. 
Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, CMU.

Structural Engineer & Civil Engineer: S.A. Miro, Inc. - 4582 South Ulster Street Parkway, #1501, Denver, CO 80237
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: GE Johnson Construction Co. - 25 North Cascade Ave., #400, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: RMH Group - 12600 West Colfax Avenue, #A400, Lakewood, CO 80215

The El Paso County Judicial Building Addition and Renovation project provided an extraordinary design challenge for the Project Team. The project began with site selection and a 12-month public consensus building process. Public interest groups and the City of Colorado Springs indicated early on that maintaining the existing Judicial Plaza and views of Pikes Peak were of high importance to the community. Reinforcing the urban fabric of an already vibrant downtown became a key element in selecting a site. The extension of South Tejon Street as the Pedestrian Spine for downtown Colorado Springs as well as strengthening the vehicular and pedestrian emphasis from downtown to the America the Beautiful Park & the Palmer Village Redevelopment District were two key urban design issues. 

The public process began with facilitating outreach and small group roundtable meetings with local public interest groups, business owners and government agencies. The small group meetings laid the groundwork for building public understanding and support of the project. The first public meeting was attended by over 150 community members and was the first opportunity for the design team to define the scope of the project, why the new facility was required, and how the design process would unfold. 

The subsequent site evaluation and selection exercise included evaluating nine sites in the downtown core, three sites at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center southeast of downtown Colorado Springs, and one green site. The site evaluation criteria include ten items grouped in three categories with all items equally weighted. These items included: 

1. Cost: Site/land acquisition, Demolition Costs, and Relocation Costs
2. Building: Optimal Minimum Site Area, Site Configuration, Travel Distance, and Ability to Provide a Secure Connection
3. Urban Design: Impact to Views, Impact to Plaza, and Reinforcing the Urban Fabric

Due to the highly complex nature of the buildings program and the necessity for the building to accommodate functions such as: operation efficiency, security, circulation ease and clarity, flexibility, expansion, and public service; the highest ranking and selected site adjoined the existing Judicial Complex’s western edge. The architectural design then proceeded along two aims: that of creating a building that would reflect the dignity and honor appropriate to a judicial building and to make a notable civic statement, sympathetic to the existing County facilities on the campus as well as the fabric of downtown Colorado Springs. 

Building in between and around two existing buildings required an enormous amount of planning and construction expertise. Designed in two elements, the first a two story “L” shape wraps around the northwest corner of the existing Judicial Building, while, the second, a five story tower rises to the west of the existing jail. This creates an entry forecourt between the two existing buildings and the new main entry of the Judicial Complex, and the vertical scale of the “L” shaped mass maintains sight lines to Pike's Peak from the steps of the existing 1903 Pioneer’s Museum to the east. The El Paso County Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex Addition is a testament to multi-agency consensus building and urban planning. 

DIV: 3: Precast: Stresscon.
DIV. 7: Membrane: Firestone; Composite Panels: Alocubond® by Alcan Composites. 
DIV. 8: Entrances & Storefronts, Curtainwall, Windows: Kawneer; Glazing: Viracon.
DIV. 9: VCT: Azrock; Carpet: Interface, Collins & Aikman; Tile: American Olean. 
Div. 10: Operable Partitions: Modernfold.
Div. 14: Elevators: Otis.
DIV. 16: Lighting: Architectural Area Lighting, Columbia, Prescolite, Kim.

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