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The design-build team of CGL’s AOR Justice team, (now NELSON Worldwide), and Kinney Construction worked with Flagstaff to deliver a new municipal courthouse. CGL completed design services and renderings to assist in moving the project through the City Planning Department, Historic Zoning Department, Board of Supervisors Approval, and Citizen’s Committee approval.

The new three-story, 40,000 SF courthouse contains three jury-capable courtrooms, one non-jury courtroom, a jury assembly room, a hearing room, two jury deliberation rooms and court administration space. The new facility is a long-awaited replacement for the City’s current courthouse, which was originally built as a furniture store and now often floods during monsoon season. The City of Flagstaff hopes to spur development in its downtown district with the construction of the new municipal courthouse.

The exterior materials were carefully selected to reflect the context and historic development of Flagstaff using Sedona Sandstone, red brick and cast stone accents. The interior is designed to provide clear and simple wayfinding with extensive areas of natural light and views from the public lobbies and from all staff workspaces. The compact organization, efficient layout, and judicious uses of finishes particularly for the public areas and courtrooms helped the project effectively deal with a tight construction budget.

Sustainability is also important to the city, and the new facility is designed to meet Green Globes Certification (3 Globes), a nationally recognized green building rating assessment and certification program.