Biddeford, ME – Finegold Alexander Architects celebrated the completion of the York Judicial Center in Biddeford, along with Governor Mills and members of the judicial branch, at a recent ribbon cutting.
Finegold Alexander was selected to do the planning and design for the 118,000sf Judicial Center which consolidates four existing York County Courthouses into a single judicial center. The new state-of-the-art facility includes District, Civil, and Family courts with arraignment, trial, and non-jury style courtrooms of various sizes. The building was designed with sustainability, universal accessibility, and inclusivity in mind.
Woodland views, courtrooms with natural light, clear wayfinding, and a harmonious finish palette inspired by the landscapes of York County are integrated into the center to help mitigate the stress the public may experience when visiting a courthouse and create an inviting civic presence. Sustainability was a key component in this highly efficient project as the York Judicial Center is an all-electric building free from fossil fuel consumption with rooftop photovoltaics and 70 ground source heat exchangers. Efficient mechanical systems and a high-performance building envelope were included to help achieve a low pEUI.
“Finegold Alexander is honored to bring the judicial center to the state of Maine alongside the Bureau of Real Estate Management,” said Jeff Garriga, principal at Finegold Alexander. “We have created an inviting space that will be accessible for all who visit for years to come.”