Plans for 37,000 square foot Center discussed
by Eric Snyder
May 16, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the Trigg County Project Development Board got their first look at tentative plans for the new justice center last week, plans that CMW architect Dennis Arthur said would likely be revised three or four times before construction begins.

Arthur presented the PDB with large poster boards detailing tentative layout plans for the building’s three stories and basement. Board members followed along with a workbook that also contained the plans, as well as a preliminary representation of the building’s exterior.

Arthur, however, didn’t make a large poster board for the building’s exterior.

“I’m not happy with the way it’s turned out so far,” he said. Arthur said he is still working on the building’s relative proportions.

One of the features he is still modifying is the size of octagonal turrets that will sit at the building’s front two corners, a la the previous courthouse design.

Arthur is also working on constricting his design to the square-footage limit of about 32,000 sq. ft. as set by the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts. The current design is approximately 5,000 sq. ft. over that figure.

Arthur said the overage is largely the result of footprints from the building’s walls and space required for visitor circulation throughout the building, such as lobby space.

“I don’t think it’s a great problem,” Arthur said. “I think it’s something we can work with.”

AOC advisor Vance Mitchell said the current overage also puts the project about $100,000 over its construction budget, though he said that did not yet alarm him.

Mitchell said the overage presents the PDB with three options: reduce some office space, delete or combine others “and finally, we can ask for more money” — certainly the last option, he said.

“An overall reduction of the building may be the answer,” Arthur said.

As would be expected, the justice-center’s chosen site — that of the current courthouse — has influenced the design of the center.

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