Designer - Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott
Contractor - Gilbane Building Company
Project Type: CM at-Risk
Final Project Cost: $180 Million
Gross Square Feet: 427,000
Actual Completion Date: June 2007
( Photo courtesy of Frank Giuliani, Photographer)
The new Worcester Trial Court on Main Street in downtown Worcester was completed during Summer 2007 and was officially dedicated on October 16, 2007. The new building is the first Comprehensive Justice Center to include all five of the trial court departments-Superior, District, Juvenile, Housing, and Probate and Family court - and is the largest court facility constructed by the State. The co-location of all of the court department serves to improve the efficiency of the court process by promoting the use of shared facilities, and providing twenty-six (26) courtrooms to expedite the courts business.
The public entrance on Main Street leads to a five-story central atrium daylighted by a large glass skylight on the roof. The atrium space contains the public circulation system and organizes access to the court departments and courtrooms surrounding the perimeter of the space. The building provides new transaction counters, offices, file storage and hearing rooms for over 500 employees. The building includes the following spaces:
- Twenty-six (26) Courtrooms
- Superior, District, Juvenile, Housing and Probate and Family Court Transaction Offices
- Jury Pool, Central Detention Area, District Attorney's Office, Grand Jury Hearing Room
- Support Services (i.e., CASA, MOVA, DSS, DYS, DOR, Court Clinics, Drop-off Child Care)
- Fully accessible building design featuring ramp access to the courtroom elements, including the Witness stand, Judge's Bench and the Jury Seating area.
- Substantial energy conserving features integral to the design of the HVAC and Electrical systems.
- Technologically sophisticated digital and video evidence presentation system provided in the courtrooms.
The Worcester Trial Court also received a 2007 Project Achievement Award from Construction Management Association of America for "New building project with a constructed value exceeding $100 million." At the Construction Management Association of America web site you can view the award.