ADG, in association with a local architectural firm, was selected to conduct a detailed spatial needs assessment and master plan for the Police Department and Courts Facilities. Based on the in-depth analysis of the departments as well as interviews conducted with the staff of the various departments, the spatial needs for both the Police Department and Courts Facility were developed and a master plan provided for a phased development approach.
The design team assisted the City with evaluating several potential sites for the new facility. Devastated by Hurricane Katrina, much of the rebuilding occurred north of downtown. However, the local businesses in the area fought hard to keep the new building in the downtown core to reinforce the economic recovery of the area. After much deliberation, it was recommended to build the new facility on the existing downtown police department site. The city made a significant commitment to the revitalization of its downtown by choosing to build both its municipal court and police facility in essentially its pre-Katrina locations.
In order to achieve judicial impartiality, the facility was designed with separate entrances for the public, police and judiciary. The Judicial / Courts Complex consists of an arraignment court and a trial court, along with associated judicial chambers, jury deliberation rooms, and related facilities for the clerk of the court and judicial staff.