East County Hall of Justice Breaks Ground

East County Hall of Justice by Fentress Architects

Dublin, California (September 17, 2014) – On Wednesday, city officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the East County Hall of Justice. The Project is comprised of two buildings on a site in Dublin, California at the intersection of Gleason Drive and Hacienda Drive. The first building is a new five-story courthouse for the Superior Court of California, Alameda County that contains 13 courtrooms and associated support spaces and facilities including clerks, jury assembly, and in-custody holding cells, for a total of approximately 156,000 square feet. The second building is a new two-story County Judicial Office Building of 43,000 square foot that will provide office space for the Public Defender, District Attorney, and the Probation Department. The $111 million project includes approximately 20 acres of landscaping and parking for 784 cars, including secured parking for the judicial staff.

Throughout the facility, new security will ensure a safe environment. All new technologies will be used in the courtrooms and throughout to provide a state-of-the-art facility. The structures utilize massing and materials that are harmonious with the surrounding hills and landscape.

The co-location of the courthouse and the county Judicial office building immediately adjacent to the County’s existing Santa Rita Jail will provide significant operational efficiencies for everyone involved.
Bob Louden, Principal and project manager for 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 of the landscaping.

The new courthouse, a strong symbol of Dublin and Alameda County, is scheduled for completion in December 2016.

The east county hall of justice is a modern, innovative and user-friendly design that evokes the process of open, accessible government. Its use of separated circulation for the Court Staff, Public & Defendants will greatly improve the safety of all of the participants.
Curtis Fentress, Principal-in-Charge of Design at Fentress Architects

Architect of Record: Fentress Architects
Contractors: Hensel Phelps
Size: 199,000 square feet
Construction Cost: $111 million
Completion: 2015