Hampshire County Judicial Center
Located in historic downtown Romney, West Virginia, the Hampshire County Judicial Center provides a 21st century justice facility serving the county’s circuit, magistrate, and family courts, as well as other judicial related offices. Located within one block of the historic courthouse, the building site presented various challenges to the design team with regard to size, shape, and access. A two-story, 34,000 square foot program required the building’s footprint to utilize the entire site and allowed the design solution to be appropriately dense – reinforcing the urban edge. The front of the building was drawn slightly away from the street to create a welcoming plaza while responding to site security requirements. The design seeks to give a contemporary expression of judicial architecture that engages the community, inspires civic pride, and encourages interaction between the government and the public.
The building’s interior plan provides an open and light-filled public atrium providing point-of-entry security screening and a large waiting area for the courts. The circulation system provides distinct and separate corridors and gathering spaces where the public is separated from staff and judicial representatives. Detainees are transported from the vehicular sally port through a secure corridor to the holding cells. Expansion space was provided on the second floor to accommodate a future judge’s suite, a second circuit courtroom, and related court-support space with minimal internal renovation.
Hampshire County Commission