Clear as Daylight

Clear circulation, light and views provide for a calming interaction with the justice system

Fall River Justice Center

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Fall River, Massachusetts

Located on historic South Main Street, this secure, modern facility replaced two older court buildings. The entire building, including each of the nine courtrooms, was infused with natural light. The compact, L shaped form provides for efficient and secure circulation. The public space, shaped as an embracing ellipse, creates a welcoming civic space with unparalleled views across the harbor.

(Photo credit: Anton Grassl Esto Photographics Inc)

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154,000 SF
New Construction
Nine Courtrooms, Clerk and Probation Offices, Law Library, Jury Pool, Detention Areas
2011 BSA Accessible Design Award
2011 Energy Star Achievement Award
2011 ACEC MA Engineering Excellence Silver Award, with ARUP
2011 IESNA IIDA Lighting Design Award, with Collaborative Lighting
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“The clean lines and overall simplicity reflect the efficient design while simultaneously highlighting all the wonderful detail, such as in the stunning courtroom ceilings”
Elizabeth Minnis, AIA, Deputy Commissioner, Planning, DCAMM
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The curved form in preparation to welcome glass... The shape and transparency of the facade was designed to embrace the surrounding neighborhood and create a sense of openness to the public.

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“I want to say that you, Tony and your staff really "listened" to us and helped us to shape our program needs into a very striking and handsome building... your firm's skills and design expertise are evident for all to see.”
Richard L'Heureux, Manager, Programming, Planning and Design | Retired, Court Capital Projects + Facilities Management