Franklin County Hall of Justice

Client

Franklin County

Location

Columbus, Ohio

Architect

SchooleyCaldwell Associates

Overview

This extensive renovation was performed over 12 floors, totaling 237,500 SF.

The facility was originally built in the mid-1970’s and was previously home to the Common Pleas Court. The renovation improved the Franklin County Law Library on the 10th floor, offices for the Franklin County Probation Department on the 4th, 5th and 6th floors, and the 1st floor to provide new meeting rooms along with relocation of the Franklin County Building Complex Security Center.

Corna Kokosing worked with multiple divisional stakeholders to accomplish this successfully, including the Franklin County Sheriff, Franklin County Probation Department, Franklin County Law Library, and Franklin County Public Facilities Management. All mechanical and electrical systems were upgraded to facilitate these renovations as well as for future renovations on shell floors. The surrounding campus buildings and related mechanical systems remained fully-operational during construction. All eight elevators were modernized. In addition to the interior work, the exterior façade was renovated with a new, energy-efficient curtainwall system and protective brick coating for both aesthetic and functional improvement. Because of the very public, high-traffic nature of this congested site, no material laydown area was allowed. Anything that was not just-in-time delivery was kept in the basement of the building and distributed from the inside to the various floors as needed. Only during the curtainwall renovation, the team was able to coordinate utilizing a crane during off-hours on the weekends to more efficiently deliver materials from the outside onto the building floors. Even still, no laydown area was allowed to ensure that the highest safety for vehicle and pedestrian traffic was maintained.

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