Santa Rosa County Judicial Center Complex
This project consisted of a stand-alone three-story county courthouse of approximately 110,000 gross square feet situated on 19 acres on Avalon Boulevard in Milton. The building houses eight courtrooms, eight judge’s suites and all the necessary support services including a secure holding area for inmates, hearing rooms, a law library, evidence rooms, jury selection and jury deliberation spaces. Also, in the same building are related departments such as the clerk of courts, courts administration, plus space to support the office of the state attorney and the office of the public defender.
The building structure is structural steel with an exterior of precast concrete with significant amounts of glass and glazing, designed to withstand winds of 140 mph or greater. There is a two-story lobby at the public entry. The site has on-site parking and three storm-water retention ponds. The site master plan envisions a future addition to the courthouse and two smaller stand-alone administrative buildings to house the balance of the county court support services (state attorney, public defender, guardian ad litem, and probation.)