Maricopa County selected Gould Evans to design the new court tower budgeted at $256M. As the largest single project in the county’s history, the project consisted of 695,000 SF in 14 stories, and is the first courthouse in the nation that specifically integrates therapeutic environments for victims – a design based on Arizona’s Victim’s Bill of Rights. The project honors an adjacent historic courthouse and creates a new building appropriate for its time and place. The design goals include more visible and identifiable entrances, the incorporation of daylight and views, and a conscious effort to create more calming, safe places.
Orientation plays a major role in how the court tower functions within our climate. With more than 4,437 daylight hours per year, sunlight offers a great opportunity to bring natural light to the building occupants. However, because the sun is so intense in Arizona, we were mindful of where and how the daylight is incorporated. Each facade was designed relative to its unique solar condition. Specific programmatic areas were organized within the building to best utilize daylight. Areas that did not require access to daylight were organized to buffer or shade the intense solar conditions of the court tower’s east and west façade. These same daylighting opportunities were able to provide panoramic views initiating a dialogue with the 1928 historic courthouse to the north, to South Mountain and to the southern surrounding landscape.
LEED Gold certified.
Best of NAIOP Economic Project of the Year Award, 2011
RED Award for Public Project of the Year, 2012
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS + MEDIA
“Ahead of its Time: New High-Rise Criminal Court Designed to Safely Handle High-Volume Caseloads”, Correctional News, February, 2012
“Maricopa County Spending Millions to go Green”, Phoenix Business Journal, April, 2011
“Maricopa County Court Tower Garners Awards”, AZRE magazine, June, 2012