To meet the needs of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, the H+M Design Group was selected to design a new 4th floor courtroom with supporting holding cell, jury deliberation room, kitchenette, restroom, judge’s chamber and private restroom. The shell for this courtroom including public corridor and restrooms were designed and constructed under previous H+M Design Group projects. The design for courtroom 420 is the result of a continued need for additional space to accommodate the increase in cases heard by the presiding judges. Modifications to the prototypical courtroom design were required to allow for 12 jury members so that the courtroom could be flexible for use by grand jury cases. Additionally, the design allowed for appropriate accessibility for the public and jury members, as well as upgraded security and safety items such as bullet resistant materials. The design required additional coordination efforts due to changes in court security and new audio-visual needs. Coordination and selection of materials and finishes consistent with the adjacent courtrooms was imperative and critical to this project’s success.
Square Feet: 2,562
Construction Cost: $905,000