County Judicial Center & John H. Ruffin Jr. Courthouse|
Capital Improvement Program Manager
Heery International, Inc.
999 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309
Location: Augusta, Georgia
Date Bid: Mar 2009 Construction Period: Jan 2009 to Apr
Total Square Feet: 183,339 Site: 8.11 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 69,496; second floor, 65,087; third
floor, 29,036; fourth floor, 19,720; total, 183,339 square feet.
Building Height: First floor 0; second floor, 148; third
floor, 18; fourth floor, 148; penthouse, 297; total, 951.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pre-grade beam, reinforced concrete,
slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Metal,
membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal
Architect of Record: Turner Associates/Architects & Planners,
Inc. - 3350 Riverwood Parkway, #1900, Atlanta, GA 30339
Design Architect: Ricci Greene Associates - 158 West 27th Street,
New York, NY 10001
Associate Architect: The Woodhurst Partnership/Woodhurst
Architects - 607 Fifteenth Street, Augusta, GA 30901
Construction Manager: Potts Construction - 981 East Freeway
Drive, Conyers, GA 30094
Mechanical, Plumbing, & Fire Protection Engineer: Pruett Ford &
Associates, Inc. - 1201 Broad Street, #3A, Augusta, GA 30901
Civil & Structural Engineer: Cranston Engineering Group, P.C. -
452 Ellis Street, Augusta, GA 30901
Electrical, Audio-Visual, & Voice Data Engineer: Electrical
Design Consultants, Inc. - 1201 Broad Street, #1A, Augusta, GA 30901
Augusta, Georgia was in need of a new judicial center and courthouse.
Services were scattered across a number of facilities in different
locations. In addition the facilities were outdated with inadequate
courtroom technology, HVAC systems, and security.
Following passage of a special purpose local option sales tax,
Augusta-Richmond County had the opportunity to enhance some of the
city's most noteworthy facilities including the design and construction
of a new judicial center.
Hired in 2004 as the county's Capital Improvements Program Manager,
Heery International, Inc. first assignment was to review the judicial
center's capital program that had been completed in 2003.
The review led to several suggestions including a reduction in the
building's size from 300,000 to 200,000 square feet. And after review
again reducing another 19,000 square feet from the plans. "By evaluating
and subsequently adapting the project"s scope, we were able to better
meet the client's financial requirements, saving the county at least $30
million,- noted Heery Project Director Don Green.
Following Heery's suggestion, the county utilized the construction
manager at-risk method for procuring the construction phase services for
the project. "By using CM at-risk, we were able to issue bid packages
for the site, foundations, and concrete framework for early award,"
Green said. "As a result, groundbreaking could take place in late 2008
with construction completed in early 2011. Both milestones exceeded
An unusual characteristic of the project was its location on a
transitional plane between different geographic zones ' The Piedmont and
Coastal Plain. A geotechnical firm recognized the soil could potentially
liquefy in the event of seismic activity. The solution was to drive more
than 600 auger piles to stabilize the foundation and eliminate the
possibility of movement.
The center includes the county's first sallyport, allowing officials to
transport prisoners directly from police vehicles to holding cells.
Separate elevators for prisoners, visitors, and judges offer an
additional layer of security.
The lobby is impressive with 35-foot-high ceilings, blended
limestone-porcelain tiles, wood panels, sound absorption panels, and an
expansive bank of windows. "Like the city itself, the building is
gracious but simple," said Heery Project Manager Lindsay Johnson.
Looking back over the project, Johnson believes part of the facility's
success stems from involving all user groups in the design and
construction process. "The county now has a facility that not only meets
budget requirements, but will serve judicial needs for years to come".