Montgomery County has experienced substantial population growth in recent years and needed to expand the Sherriff’s Office and Public Safety Building to adequately service its citizens. Wiley|Wilson provided full architectural and engineering design services for this project which includes the total renovation of the old Montgomery County Courthouse into the facilities for the Sheriff’s Office and newly formed New River Valley Regional Emergency Communication Authority.
The initial evaluation of the old courthouse revealed serious issue with the original building enclosure. The building was stripped down to the structural frame and a new energy efficient facade was constructed, which will extend the facility’s useful life well in to the future.
It was necessary to upgrade the structural frame to meet current building codes for “essential facilities”. This requires that the building be able to resistant a much higher degree of seismic loading than it was originally designed for. To do so required the addition of new lateral bracing elements or convert the existing frame to have moment connection to provide this new level of rigidity.
Project highlights include the following:
- Program review and adjustment
- Building security planning and design
- Life cycle analysis of new high performance building façade
- Seismic evaluation and addition lateral bracing design
- New reliable power and mission critical systems
- Project designed within a confined urban setting