Justice / Government 

 
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CABARRUS COUNTY COURTHOUSE

The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners recognize that their courthouse campus is foundational to the collective memory of the place of Concord, North Carolina and an iconic cultural asset of its residents. There was great insistency that the new courthouse addition serving this dynamically growing community would remain a part of the courthouse square.  The resulting design solution is built on the transformation of Means Avenue into a rich urban plaza, turning an under-utilized one-way street into a pedestrian space for social and civic engagement. 

 

Situated within this new urban plaza, the public entry space serving the new courthouse addition will be a connective element, addressing Union Street to the south and Church Street to the north.  The new courthouse plaza will serve as an artery for pedestrian movement and economic energy that will drive sensitive urban revitalization for decades to come.

Scope: 
Additions
Exterior Renovations
Interior Renovations
New Construction
Location:
Concord, NC
Size:
190,000 gsf
Project Details:
 
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DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE

AIAWV Citation Award for New Construction

Justice planners and designers at Silling Architects like to refer to courtrooms as “the perfect room.” In delivering equal justice under the law to all people, courtrooms must be spatially correct, appropriately lit, and acoustically tuned to support the ceremonial and procedural processes of the courts. Today, technology provides designers and court users ever-improving tools to be seamlessly integrated into the architecture of space to support the mission of justice. 

 

The new Delaware County Courthouse in Central Ohio is an exceptional example of security and audio-visual systems functionally yet discretely merged within the traditional components and furnishings of the court to maximize efficacy and safety.  Whether used for in-person hearings and proceedings, audio-visual connection to remote detention facilities, or connecting private party plaintiffs, defendants, and attorneys affected by Covid-19, industry-leading technology integration is paramount to the success of the modern courtroom.  

Scope: 
New Construction
Location:
Delaware, OH
Size:
166,300 gsf
Project Detail:
 
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FRANKLIN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Silling Architects is serving as a national justice designer and courthouse architect for the new Franklin County Courthouse, while locally-based Noelker & Hull will be the architect of record for all non-courts related renovations.

Silling has been working with local Franklin County officials to create an addition beholding to the existing courthouse (with previous additions) while creating an architectural showpiece for the present era. The new 130,000 gsf judicial center includes administrative office departments for the Clerk of Courts, Public Defender, Juvenile Probation, Adult Probation, and the District Attorney.The upper levels include courtrooms of varying sizes and supporting judges’ chambers and admin spaces. The subterranean sallyport with central holding offers isolated secure elevator transport of detainees to intermediate holding cells between the court sets. Below grade protected judges’ parking provides access to secure vertical circulation paths to the chambers above. 

Scope: 
Interior Renovations
New Construction
Location:
Chambersburg, PA
Size:
130,000 gsf
Project Detail:
 
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MONONGALIA COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER

AIAWV Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture

Originally built in the 1970s and having been vacant for 8 years, this former Federal Building and regional Post Office presented a very unique and exciting opportunity for Silling Architects to serve the growing judicial services of Monongalia County. 

 

The project’s renovations began with remediation of hazardous materials and the practical demolition of unusable interior walls, leaving a stable core and shell with an open floor plate canvas for the design team to work with. The scope included a full exterior restoration, comprehensive mechanical, plumbing, electrical systems and lighting upgrades, all with sustainability targets. The interior design used environmentally friendly materials and finishes to create new space for the County’s Courts, including Prosecuting Attorney, Adult and Juvenile Probation, Home Confinement and Day Report Center.

Scope: 
Adaptive Reuse
 
Location:
Morgantown, WV
Size:
84,000 gsf
Project Details:
 
 
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MORGAN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

AIAWV Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture

Originally built in 1924, the Morgan County Courthouse, located diagonally across the main intersection from the Berkley Springs State Park, was destroyed by fire in August 2006. Based on a clear mandate from the surrounding community, Silling Architects was asked to develop a new design that was reminiscent of the old historic courthouse which would add to the architectural character and the tourism spirit of Berkeley Springs. 

The construction materials include a stone base to tie the building to the context and yellow brick respectful both to the old courthouse and neighboring buildings. The new courthouse includes a mix of county administrative offices on the first floor and county judicial functions including Circuit Court, Family Court and Magistrate Court on the second and third floors. 

Scope: 
New Construction
 
Location:
Berkeley Springs, WV
Size:
47,000 gsf
Project Details:
 
 
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MARTINSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT & MUNICIPAL COURT

With a growing Police Department, and Municipal Court operations, the City of Martinsburg was in need of additional space for their judicial and law enforcement services. Working closely with representatives from the City, Police Department and Municipal Court, Silling Architects performed programming services and developed a conceptual design to demonstrate how the program could be realized in a new building within the historic downtown district.

A ceremonial component of the project is expressed in the insulated translucent panel stair anchoring the urban corner. The simple form provides for well-lit yet private circulation up through the various floors of the facility while illuminating as a soft blue lantern in the evening – marking the constant presence, protection, and service of the Martinsburg Police Department.

Scope: 
New Construction
 
Location:
Martinsburg, WV
Size:
36,000 gsf
 Project Details: 
 
 
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MARSHALL COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING

The Marshall County Commission purchased a former clothing retail store building with the intent to redesign the structure to serve the County’s 911 Center, Office of Emergency Management, and the Sheriff’s Department. It was of tremendous importance to the County and the Silling design team to introduce a source of life and activity for the community at all hours of the day while being a significant physical presence of law enforcement in a highly visible location.

The program for the 911 and OEM Center include a new, state of the art 911 Communications Center, Emergency Operations Center, Audio/Mapping/Radio Programming Room, and Administrative Offices. The Sheriff’s Department features an Administrative & Investigative Suite, large Training/Meeting room, Physical Training/Fitness Room, Armory, Evidence Processing & Log-In Room, and Central Detainee Processing and Holding Cells.

Scope: 
Adaptive Reuse
Additions
 
Location:
Moundsville WV
Size:
24,400 gsf
Project Details:
 
 
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RALEIGH COUNTY JUDICIAL CENTER

AIAWV Merit Award for Achievement in Architecture

The new Raleigh County Judicial Center is located on a tight urban infill site at the main intersection in the center of uptown Beckley, West Virginia. The new 70,000 square foot judicial center features three state of the art circuit courtrooms, a future fourth circuit courtroom, two magistrate courtrooms, a third future magistrate courtroom, and two family courtrooms. A secure vehicular sally port is accessed from the lower level located along north side of the building. A central holding component allows for detainees to be safely and securely transported into the facility, then vertically via secure elevators with direct access to the courtrooms.

 

The design of the Judicial Center responds to the urban context addressing the intersection with a clock tower/vertical circulation component on axis with the pedestrian walk and courthouse green space. The long west elevation features a colonnade relating to a similar feature in the Federal Courthouse and allows site-lines for pedestrians and vehicular traffic to the historic county courthouse to be expanded upon arrival to the city center.

Scope: 
New Construction
Location:
Beckley, WV
Size:
70,000 gsf
Project Details:
 
 
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RALEIGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

The Raleigh County Commission selected Silling Architects to design a new headquarters for the Raleigh County Sheriff's Department located in Beckley, West Virginia. The Sheriff's Department has outgrown their headquarters which was a former WV State Police detachment facility. Silling Architects worked closely with representatives from the County and Sheriff's Department to perform programming services and develop a graphic test-fit in order to demonstrate how the program could fit in a new building located on the purchased property.

Highlighted spaces to aid in officer mental and physical health are a large patrol room with a glass façade providing natural light for the officers’ workstations and a fitness room with a glass façade with views to an outdoor space accessible by officers and staff.

Scope: 
New Construction
Location:
Beckley, WV
Size:
27,400 gsf
Project Details:
 
 
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WEST VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT OF APPEALS

This historic renovation and restoration project undertaken by Silling Architects involved the phased renovation of the third and fourth floors of the East Wing of the West Virginia State Capitol Building, which was originally designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert in the early 1930s.

Various architectural, interior, and historic restoration improvements, as well as mechanical/electrical/plumbing systems modernizations, were made. The project required significant collaboration and communication with the Supreme Court Administrative Director, Supreme Court Justices, Security staff, and the State Capitol Building Commission.

Scope: 
Historic Preservation
Renovation
Location:
Charleston, WV
Size:
Various
Project Details:
 
 
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MOUNT OLIVE CORRECTIONAL COMPLEX

Mount Olive is West Virginia’s primary correctional facility with a capacity of 800 adult male inmates. It is a 425,000 gsf campus of fifteen buildings arranged in a classic fan shape arrangement inside a secure compound.

 

The design created by Silling Architects included minimum, medium, and maximum security housing with typical support facilities such as education, recreation, prison industries, kitchen and dining, visitation, intake and classification, medical, and administration. The infrastructure and support services were designed for future growth and can accommodate 240 additional beds if and when needed.

Scope: 
New Construction
Location:
Mount Olive, WV
Size:
425,000 gsf
Project Details:
 

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