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Ronald T.Y. Moon Judiciary Complex

Kapolei, HI


Mar-10

$0.8 million


By others (design)

By others (design)

By others (design)

By others (design)

By others (design)

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Security and communications engineer and commissioning agent for this $125 million, 126,000-gsf courthouse and juvenile detention complex that will facilitate access to justice for all Oahu residents. The mission of this centralized complex is to provide a proper forum for a wide diversity of family court and other cases, and allow for flexibility in responding to changing judicial needs and future growth.  It provides a symbolic focus for the community’s commitment to the safety, well-being and fair treatment of children and families. The courthouse has 12 non-jury courtrooms serving Oahu First District Family Court and one jury courtroom serving Waianae District Court. All of the wood throughout the building is cherry. The building panels contain Native Hawaiian cultural symbols including engraved dots representing the five constellations used to navigate by the ancient Polynesians. A judicial suite occupies the top floor. Each chambers has audio-video communication with its courtroom, and can put testimony on the record from chambers.

Courthouse security is divided between Building Central Control with responsibility for public and staff areas, and Custody Control with responsibility for in-custody persons in holding or transport to courtrooms. Custody Control is a PLC-based system with two Wonderware touchscreens and remote Omron I/O throughout elevator machine rooms and other security equipment rooms. Building Central Control has an access-control platform, also with two touchscreens. All cameras are recorded a minimum of 30 days with remote clients for bailiffs, Sheriffs and other security personnel. All Sheriffs escorts carry ultrasonic personal alarms that, when engaged, shut down elevator control and disable local key switch control.

The courtrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual / court recording systems that, in addition to recording the court proceedings (i.e., the official record), may be used for video conferencing, evidence display, counsel presentations, and a host of other capabilities.

Each workstation in the complex has two TIA/EIA Category 6 data receptacles and one voice receptacle. The backbone is fiber.

JSC performed the project in conjunction with HK Engineers.

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William Kenzo Nakamura
United States Courthouse Renovation

Seattle, WA


Jun-08

$0.1 million


By others (design)

By others (design)

By others (design)

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The Nakamura U.S. Courthouse was the first building in the West designed exclusively as a Federal Court House. The neo-gothic 13-story, 190,000 gsf structure originally opened in 1940 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The U.S. District Court moved out in 2004 and the facility underwent a $71-million restoration, renovation, and upgrade and reopened as the Federal Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

The renovation project included complete seismic upgrades to current standards, all new building sytems, historic rehabilitation of five courtrooms, a law library and judges' chambers, and tenant improvements for the lower three floors for Federal agencies. Visitors of the past marveled at the tiled art deco lobbies, terrazzo floors, and American black walnut paneling. Thanks to the restoration project, they do so again.

A new 15,000 gsf secure grand entrance pavilion is located underground in the front of the original structure.  The new pavilion houses secure access and parking for judges and staff, a secure mail facility, and new security entrance/screening areas for the public.

Justice Systems was the security systems engineer. Working for the architect, US Marshals Service, and GSA, we developed security plans based on agency requirements and U.S. Courthouse design standards. These became the basis for rough-in and security systems installation (ADT has the contract for security systems at all U.S. Courthouses and performed the systems contracting and integration on the project).

Justice Systems also developed an integrated active vehicle barrier system for the secure parking area, then worked as a subcontractor to install and maintain that system. [Link to barrier project].

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Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center

Kent, WA


Mar-97

$0.5 million


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By others (design)

By others (design)

By others (design)

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The Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center serves south King County; housing fifteen criminal and civil Superior Courts, one District Court including domestic violence, and six Family Courts. All but the arraignment court are juror courtrooms. Individual chambers are behind each courtroom.

JSC provided design and construction management services for the original 19-court, 5-story courthouse with holding area lockup and building-wide security. Then we designed tenant improvements for a 3-court addition to build out the area shelled by original construction.

Paul Allyn was Owner’s representative for design and construction and Tom Finneran was project coordinator for the system integrator, and later served as County maintenance technician.

JSC also designed a video arraignment and video court recording system between the first appearance courtroom, the jail, and various outlying municipal courts.

Courthouse security is divided between Building Control with responsibility for public and staff areas, and Courts Control with responsibility for in-custody persons in holding or transport to courtrooms.

Courts Control is a PLC-based system with Black Creek touchscreen and Omron PLC. It runs elevators and controls all in-custody movement to and from courts (as well as the adjacent detention facility). Building Control has an access-control platform with one touchscreen.

Example systems include touchscreen locking and elevator controls, card access controls, CCTV, courtroom sound reinforcement, media cabling, duress alarm, telecommunications, and fire alarm.

The family courtrooms are equipped with audio-visual / court recording systems that record the court proceedings (i.e., the official record), and provide evidence display and other capabilities.

Each workstation in the complex has two TIA/EIA Category 5 data receptacles and one voice receptacle. The backbone is fiber.

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Sacramento County Courthouse

Sacramento, CA


Nov-04

$0.1 million


Rauland Secureplex

ADI Hard Panels

Rauland

By others

By others

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Subcontractor for 30-door SecurePlex door monitoring and control retrofit for security remodel of this 35-year-old, 350,000-gsf, 47-court courthouse involving a new control center with door and elevator controls throughout the basement and six floors.

Scope included two paralleled Automation Displays, Inc. (ADI) “hard” panels and electromechanical detention locks and sliders.

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Humbolt County Courthouse

Eureka, CA


Feb-05

$0.2 million


GE Fanuc

Hard Panels

Rauland

Vicon

By others

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Subcontractor for security electronics construction for security electronics on this $4-million remodel and renovation of a three-story, 9-court courthouse.

Scope included CCTV, sound systems, access controls, security alarms, and existing system demolition.

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King County Courthouse Security Improvements

Seattle, WA


Jan-04

$0.6 million


By others (design & CM)

By others (design & CM)

By others (design & CM)

By others (design & CM)

By others (design & CM)

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The oldest major public building in Seattle, this 598,000-gsf, and 13-story courthouse accommodates 56 trial courts, the county council, the sheriff's department, detention work release, and other key government services. The facility houses 32 superior courts, five district courts, four juvenile courts, six family courts, and a first appearance arraignment court.

After a fatal shooting within the courthouse, Justice Systems was prime consulting engineer in charge of retrofitting security alarm and communication systems and implementing a complete revision to the building’s security plan for entry/exiting, including visitor and employee screening. Subsequent to the initial security project, after the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake, the building underwent a $42-million seismic upgrade and renovation. This project also entailed security and exiting improvements at the work release facility and a further upgrade to the building security system.

Systems designed and managed include duress alarm, CCTV, audio assessment, access control system that networked databases from other facilities, door hardware, enhanced operator controls, and security lighting. A building security control center was established and a basement room remodeled into a secure electronics equipment room. New cabling risers were established within flexible duct up the existing stacked communications rooms.

Each court has duress pushbuttons at the judge, clerk, and bailiff positions with immediate audio and video communications with the alarm site from building security upon alarm. An access control system was added and movement patterns revised, so that security zones could not be bypassed.

Justice Systems also planned a County-wide video arraignment system that would network courts within the courthouse to jails and municipal courts County-wide using video conference technology over a T1 network.

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