Sundt used our courthouse construction expertise to deliver a new courthouse to the Superior Court of Tulare County, California, that replaced its old, outdated facility. The new South County Justice Center, located in Porterville, elegantly addresses a number of community priorities. It is architecturally significant, secure, and able to meet the evolving needs of the area’s growing population.
We helped ensure that the facility was affordable to construct as well as maintain and operate over its lifecycle. It has sophisticated security, audio-visual and transaction systems that allow it to be monitored and controlled remotely, thereby eliminating the need for on-site maintenance staff. A number of efficient systems reduce the energy and water use of this LEED Silver® facility, thereby reducing the environmental impact while ensuring lasting affordability.
The building’s skin is a rain screen consisting of a cement composite façade, which is unique because it is multicolored and challenging to install due to its lap joints. We constructed several mock-up scenarios during design in order to finalize a support system that created the lap joints and determined how to deal with the varying conditions that occurred at inside and outside corners. An additional field mockup was constructed to determine the best installation next to adjacent dissimilar materials. The complexity was resolved using Building Information Modeling, which allowed us to order pre-cut panels to ensure the best quality field installation. As a result, the South County Justice Center has become the defining piece of architecture in the Porterville community.
Judicial Council of California, Office of Court Construction and Management
South County Justice Center