Everett Municipal Court3028 Wetmore Avenue
Everett, WA 98201-4018
Design Achievement - The new Everett Municipal Court revitalizes the image of city government in Everett, Washington. DLR Group's design celebrates the Northwest and honors the unique history and culture of the City of Everett while retaining a consistent visual identity with an existing civic campus. The new Everett Court facility is conceptualized as the gateway to the city campus, with a public courtyard serving as a primary feature for encouraging public connection to the function of the courts. A glass entry lobby serves as the feature design element, establishing the civic nature of the building and setting itself apart from other commercial buildings in the area. Creating greater range of vision through a focus on transparency within the building successfully merges the requirements for safety with the overall design philosophy.
Scope Summary - The new 25,000 SF Everett Municipal Court replaced an existing building which had been ill-suited for judicial operations for more than 20 years. The new building houses two standard diversified docket courtrooms capable of jury trials and 100 person galleries. The single-story building includes an open parking area containing the building services, in-custody vehicular sallyport and parking for judges and police. Glass frontages serve to demonstrate the engagement of courts in civic life, while internal lobby artwork that is visible from the street offers visual appeal for the court operations. Designed to stand as a long-lasting landmark of the Everett civic campus, the building uses materials which are expected to endure, both stylistically and structurally, with the lifetime of the building, a minimum of 50 years. The project is targeting LEED Gold certification through the use of sustainable design elements including daylighting, the creation of optimized mechanical systems, and intelligent material selection. DLR Group provided planning, architecture, engineering, and interior design services.