Government/Public Building, Award of Merit: San Bernardino Justice Center, San Bernardino

Photo by Bruce Damonte
The 11-story structure is the tallest newly built base-isolated court building in California.
Photo by Bruce Damonte
The courthouse includes 35 courtrooms plus 2 hearing rooms.

Consolidating functions that previously were performed in 12 buildings countywide, the $260-million San Bernardino Justice Center has become one of the Inland Empire's most significant facilities in recent years. The building team targeted a minimum LEED-Gold certification for the project, which includes 35 courtrooms, two hearing rooms, offices, security operations, a holding area and a secure sally port for transporting detainees. Located close to the San Jacinto, San Andreas and other earthquake faults, the mid-rise structure is the first new courthouse in the state with a base-isolated foundation. Due to its complexities, the project required 62,000 inspections. Internet-enabled tablets allowed the team to track the inspections in real time.

Key Players

Contractor Rudolph and Sletten Inc.

Owner The Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts

Architect SOM

Structural Engineer SOM

MeP Engineer SOM

Civil Engineer PSOMAS