Santa Clara Family Justice Center
San Jose, CA
Photos: Photo: Michael O'Callahan, Renderings: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca
“I believe quality is measured by the people/staff that you interact with and have daily contact with on a project. This is critical on large scale institutional projects which have a long schedule from start to finish”—ZGF

Structural Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering

233,000 sf
Key Info

  • Innovative structural solutions to accommodate irregular column layout and tight spaces
  • Support for architectural features including cantilevered components

Rutherford + Chekene was the 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 a 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.