Rutherford + Chekene was structural and geotechnical engineer for the new 233,906 sf, 20-courtroom justice center. This building replaces six facilities currently leased by the Judicial Council of California and consolidates all family-related services—Family Court, Juvenile Dependency, and Drug Court—into a single facility. The facility includes a self-help center, a child waiting area, and space for justice partners.
This project, with total cost of $240.7 million, was among the judicial branch’s highest-priority infrastructure projects due to its critical need status. R+C worked with the owner and team to keep columns small and maximize usable space.