East County Hall of Justice Topping Out

East County Hall of Justice by Fentress Architects

Dublin, California (September 17, 2015) The final piece of structural steel will be placed atop the East County Hall of Justice on Thursday, September 18, with a “topping out” ceremony. This milestone is usually celebrated by attaching a flag and a small piece of an evergreen tree to the last and highest piece of steel on a building. The ceremony also marks 40 percent completion for the building that broke ground just a year ago, on September 17, 2014. The project is moving at a rapid pace and is on schedule to open in early 2017.

The $111 million courthouse comprises two buildings at the intersection of Gleason Drive and Hacienda Drive. The first building is a five-story courthouse for the Alameda County Superior Court of California, which contains 13 courtrooms and associated support spaces and facilities for  clerks,  jury  assembly,  and  in-custody  holding  cells,  for  a  total  of  approximately  156,000 square feet. The second building is the 43,000-square-foot, two-story Alameda County Judicial Office Building that will provide office space for the Public Defender, District Attorney, and the Probation Department. The two sites include approximately 20 acres of landscaping and parking for 784 cars, including secured parking for the judicial staff.

The state-of-the-art facility will incorporate the latest in technology and sustainability, and new security will ensure a safe environment for all users. Providing a strong civic symbol for Dublin and Alameda County, the structures utilize massing and materials that are harmonious with the surrounding hills and landscape.

“The County and Courts have been planning for and anticipating this  new facility for over a decade. It is a privilege to be a part of the team that will bring that vision to fruition,” said Bob Louden, Project Manager at Fentress Architects. 

This new courthouse will bring increased operational efficiencies to all of the Court’s operations and enhanced safety for all users.
Bob Louden, Project Manager at Fentress Architects

Promoting a Transparent Government

The new courthouse is expressive of open and accessible government while  representing  the  dignity and strength of the courts as the third branch of government. The design approach focuses on the importance of activities within the courthouse and will represent the best in architectural planning, design,  and  contemporary thought by addressing adequate spaces that will be adaptable to future changes in  judicial practices.

Sustainable Vision

Fentress Architects is working collaboratively with stakeholders to bring the East County Hall of Justice’s sustainable vision to life. They have designed the new facility for LEED Silver certification by incorporating many energy- and water-saving devices  and features including the use of recycled water for all landscaping.

Architect of Record: Fentress Architects
Bridging Architect: KMD Architects
Contractors: Hensel Phelps
Size: 199,000 square feet
Construction Cost: $111 million
Completion: Early 2017