IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton was recently retained by the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services to develop a courtroom upgrade program to be implemented at the Fairfax County Courthouse. The facility was recently expanded through the construction of a substantial addition and the disparity between the new and old courtrooms initiated a renovation project to bring the original 1970’s vintage courtroom designs up to current standards and performance.
The IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton team designed a complete reconstruction of four of the old courtrooms. By updating the millwork, improving acoustics and incorporating audio-visual technologies into the Judge’s bench, the litigant’s tables and jury boxes, the design maximized the ability of counsel to present cases effectively with the seamless integration of technology. To synchronize the design of the facility as a whole, the renovated courtrooms referenced many of the original design features while incorporating complementary elements from the new courtrooms. The design team developed programming, preliminary design, design development and construction document packages that were reviewed and approved by a team of Judges, judicial staff and county officials at each stage. Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology was used to provide the necessary perspective drawings and sight line analysis for the approval process.