Massachusetts opens new green court building
The $85 million, 154,000-square-foot Fall River Justice Center opened last month in Fall River, Mass. Designed for LEED Silver certification from the Washington-based U.S. Green Building Council, the building houses the city’s Superior and District Courts. The L-shaped building replaces two older buildings and contains nine courtrooms, a law library and jury pool and detention areas.
Massachusetts funded the new courthouse, and the State Division for Capital Asset Management provided project oversight. Boston-based Finegold Alexander + Associates Inc. designed the facility, and Dimeo Construction Co. was the construction manager at risk.
Designed and specified to be an energy-efficient building, the Fall River Justice Center and the entire project team received the Energy Star award at the American Institute of Architects National Convention in Miami in June.