Judicial Facilities

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Randy Vaughan, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Services Provided:
Studies, Designs, Renovations, Restorations, Security Upgrades

Completed Projects:
Gloucester County, Charles City, Richmond County, Lancaster County, Gloucester County, Lunenburg County, Nelson County, King William County, Appomattox, City of Petersburg, Tazewell County, Town of Lexington, Rockbridge County, New Kent County

Architecture Portfolio

Courthouses are more than just a place to hold judicial proceedings; there are landmarks and symbols of their community. Most are registered historic structures that contain the collective record of the place and its people. We work very closely with the community to understand these places and carefully craft a solution that preserves that which is treasured while providing that which is essential for a functional and secure facility.

Wiley|Wilson has provided court and court related design services to numerous clients in recent years. Judicial facilities have many unique design challenges and we have developed expertise to meet these needs. Security in judicial facilities as well as public safety in general has become a paramount issue in recent years. Many older facilities lack secure separation between the public areas and clerk’s offices where fines are paid and confidential records are kept. Access controls may be lacking and monitoring deficiencies often exist, which can rapidly cause security concerns. Many times there is a lack of secure process and holding areas resulting in little to no separation between prisoners and the public and staff. In many older courthouses there is lack of adequate or appropriate storage space for records and expansion capabilities are limited.

Security for courthouses and judicial facilities begins outside the building with surveillance cameras, secure parking, a protective skin on the building, and a circulation pattern that effectively directs visitors to a single point of entry. Inside the building, security is a paramount priority as well. Separate and distinct circulation systems assure public, prisoners and court personnel are kept from safe from one another. Remotely monitored cameras allow constant surveillance throughout the facility. Access to controls to Clerks offices are protected utilizing electronic locks and other measures. Judges benches are protected with ballistic protection and duress buttons. Wiley|Wilson has extensive experience in incorporating all these features into the design of judicial facilities.

Wiley|Wilson excels at assisting clients to determine needs, define space requirements, and designing modern safe facilities. We believe in involving users in design throughout, including interactive design sessions that assist multiple users in working directly with the design team to optimize building use. We strive to provide designs that control construction costs and provide high client satisfaction.

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