Dennis Maes Pueblo County Judicial Building
This 183,000 square foot Judicial complex is the jewel of Pueblo. The building has a very unique features including a 5-story glass rotunda and glued laminate beam structural “bee hive”.
Construction on a confined site
The Big Picture
The five-story building houses 16 district, ceremonial and first appearance magistrate courtrooms along with Clerk of Court, jury assembly and county probation offices. The secure basement level includes central holding and booking.
Due to the very specific needs of the courts and the level of finishes, full mock up court rooms were constructed which were visited and verified by all of the court staff to ensure their level of quality was met before any additional courtrooms were built.
It was our task to implement cost saving strategies from early in design. Pueblo County had a tight budget to build this building despite the needs for 16 new courtrooms, central holding and probation. We implemented strategies from air delivery to finishes that saved money, while maintaining LEED certification and allowing the County to build out to additional courtrooms with expanded central holding in the basement. Budget was maintained on this project from very early in the design process to final bid documents.
Ingenuity in Action
This project is located in the Pueblo downtown area in a very confining site. Working with the City and County of Pueblo was important to limit the disruption on the neighboring roads and businesses. Utility interruptions were performed at night, providing minimal to no disturbance to the local business.