County of Sacramento Juvenile Courthouse9605 Kiefer Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95827
Design Achievement - Courthouses are the arenas within which societal conflicts are resolved and, as such, often bring together families and juveniles under stress. Sacramento County selected DLR Group to develop architecture with the dual aim of designing a building to reflect the dignity and honor appropriate to a courthouse, and provide a dynamic civic statement sympathetic to the fabric of the existing juvenile campus. The massing is composed of several separate volumes with a secure zone designed to protect judges, their immediate staff, clerks, and juries from undue contact with the general public. This zone originates in the lower level at the secure judicial parking area. The secured zone continues at the rear of courtrooms and houses chambers suites, a jury deliberation room, administrative support areas for the courtrooms. This area isolates records and minimizes movement of evidence, judges and staff during the day-to-day activities within a secure environment. The layout also allows judges and staff to have a higher level of interaction and sharing of functions.
Scope Summary - The 99,500 SF Sacramento County Juvenile Justice Center comprises two elements: a three-story courts building, and a two-story entrance pavilion. The two upper floors include four juvenile courtrooms per floor paired in groups of two around court holding areas, chamber/clerk suites, administration and court support functions. The first floor contains juvenile delinquency reception/clerical support, a media center, a children's waiting area, staff break areas, court security and control, in-custody delivery and transfer/staging area, and the main entrance lobby. DLR Group provided programming and architecture services.