Posted: May 2, 2018 | Projects
The Oklahoma City Municipal Facilities Authority engaged ADG Architects to provide design services for the Municipal Courts Building, a 70,000-square-foot building containing six state-of-the-art courtrooms on three floors. The Courts Building hosts office and meeting space for Courts Administration, Marshalls, Prosecution and numerous other city services associated with the Municipal Courts.
Its facade is consistent with the Civic Center District vernacular of limestone brickwork that reflects 1930s Art Deco design elements. Focal points of the three-story atrium lobby include a dramatic monumental stairway and a large skylight atop the customer service window area just off the lobby. Natural lighting streams into the central circulation areas through the large south-facing glass curtain wall.
The interior design combines traditional influences with modern, efficient features. Courtroom finishes include natural stone, decorative wood paneling, custom wood millwork, and granite benches and accents.
Two large courtrooms are located on the first floor, along with court services, the finance office, and enforcement services. Convenient walk-up payment windows offer customers the opportunity to conduct routine business without going through the visitor screening process. Four courtrooms, the probation office, and jury deliberation rooms are on the second floor. Judges’ chambers, administrative and municipal counselors’ offices, and a fitness facility are located on the top floor.
The building is conditioned with a highly efficient chilled-beam HVAC system that is fed from the Veolia central plant in downtown Oklahoma City. The electrical systems and robust backup generator provide systems redundancy, uninterrupted power, and peace of mind. State-of-the-art systems for technology, communications, court scheduling, security, and ease of doing business have been incorporated into the design.
The building is secured by a combination of physical, electronic, and operational security measures. There are three security zones: public, secure, and restricted. Public screening takes place in the one-story vestibule at the building entrance. The area includes security screening stations, ample room for public queuing, and an express lane for employees and off-hour payment windows.
The new building is designed to be modern, functional, and secure – a perfect venue for legal decisions of long-lasting virtue.
Calcium Silicate Masonry Units: Arriscraft
Windows, Entrances, Storefronts & Curtain Wall: Kawneer
Flooring: Armstrong, Crossville, Emser Tile, JJ Flooring Group, Mannington, Mohawk, Roca, Rubberflex, Shaw
Daylighting & Skylights: Vitro Architectural Glass
920 W. Main Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
205 N.W. 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
2224 N.W. 50th Street, #195W
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Smith Roberts Baldischwiler, LLC
100 N.E. 5th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
White & Associates
500 N. Walker Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
620 N.E. 36th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
National Center for State Courts
707 17th Street, #2900
Denver, CO 80202
2800 N. Dallas Parkway, #350
Plano, TX 75093
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Date Bid: Apr 2015
Construction Period: Jul 2015 to Sep 2017
Total Square Feet: 70,500
Site: 1.1 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 28,000; second floor, 24,000; third floor, 18,500; total, 70,500 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 16′; second floor, 16′; third floor, 16′total, 48′.
Basic Construction Type: New/IIB/Structural Steel.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade, spread footings.
Exterior Walls: Brick, curtain wall, calcium silicate masonry units, metal panel, storefront.
Roof: Built up, membrane, standing seam.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.