Bucks County Justice Center,
Doylestown, PA

Judged a success

The Bucks County Justice Center is a new 284,000 square foot steel frame courthouse and county office building, including a below-grade level for parking and secure areas, a surface parking area and pedestrian plaza areas with steps, ramps and walkways. The program for the building includes courtrooms, support areas and court-related offices. The project also features an asymmetrical stair tower and curved glass lobbies.

Located in Doylestown, PA, the project site includes the area currently occupied by the Bucks County Parking Garage and three county-owned parcels on Main Street, Union Street and Shewell Avenue. The south part of the site adjacent to Shewell Avenue is occupied by the existing Armory building. The brick fa├žade of the existing armory was preserved and integrated into the design of the new courthouse.

The building is L-shaped with a central public entry lobby facing Main Street and two angled wings. The lower four levels of the building form a substantial base that is partially below grade at the high end of the sloping site and contains court support areas and public service functions. The middle three floors each contain six courtrooms accessed from a wide public hallway facing Main Street. The top floor of the building contains judges’ chambers and offices for courtroom staff below an articulated and projected roof line.

This project was designed to achieve USGBC LEED Silver certification.

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Structural Systems Used

Steel Frame