Connecticut Municipal

Litchfield Courthouse Breaks Ground

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New Litchfield Courthouse / Rendering by The DLR Group

Torrington, CT – The state of Connecticut has chosen KBE Building Corporation to design and build the long-awaited Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse in Torrington.

Ground was broken on August 12 for the $67.8 million project that encompasses the new construction of a 183,600sf L-shaped building containing a south wing with three stories and basement, and a north wing with four stories and basement. The courthouse will accommodate 386 vehicles via an attached two-story parking structure and on-site parking at grade level.

KBE leads the design-build team, which includes The DLR Group of Orlando, Fla. as the lead architect with support from Conn.-based architect AM Design.  DLR Group’s Justice+Civic practice is nationally recognized for award-winning courthouse and correctional design for local, state, and federal clients. AM Design has designed three courthouse projects.

Other design team members include BVH Integrated Services of Bloomfield, Conn. providing structural, civil, mechanical/electrical/plumbing, and information technology engineering services; CR3 LLC of Simsbury , landscape architecture; Geodesign, Inc. of Middlebury, geotechnical and environmental engineering; and Meehan Goodin of Manchester, surveying services.

The new building will reflect a traditional courthouse style incorporating a colonnade and a clock/stair tower. Its cast stone and brick exterior will take note of the adjacent buildings while portraying the image of a prominent governmental building.

The new courthouse will be a replacement for the existing courthouse located in Litchfield. The new building will house criminal courts, civil courts, arraignment courts, juvenile courts, and family courts with all the requisite support spaces. It will also contain a protected sally port and holding area for prisoners, a law library, a public defenders’ space, a judicial marshal’s office and a State’s attorney’s office.

The KBE design-build team will pursue LEED Silver certification for the project. Completion is scheduled for March 2016.