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San Bernardino Justice Center Receives Prestigious 2015 Justice Facilities Review Award

San Francisco: The San Bernardino Justice Center has received the highest honor from the American Institute of Architects’ Academy of Architecture for Justice (AIA AAJ)—a 2015 Justice Facilities Review Award Citation. Dedicated on May 1, 2014, by the Chief Justice of California, Tani-Cantil-Sakauye, the new Superior Court of California for the County of San Bernardino was managed by the Capital Program of the Judicial Council of California and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), under the leadership of SOM Design Director Michael Duncan, and in collaboration with general contractor Rudolph and Sletten Inc.

One of the largest state courthouses to date and the most significant single building project to occur in San Bernardino in decades, the Justice Center has previously received multiple awards and other recognitions. The LEED® Gold-certified building bridges the scales of downtown development to unify the urban fabric, creating a visible landmark for the city while engaging the public with vibrant open space. Consisting of an 11-story courtroom tower and an interconnected, three-story podium, the 384,000-square-foot building contains 35 courtrooms and two hearing rooms. It also improves the efficiency of the courts by consolidating functions that had previously been spread throughout the county across seven different buildings. Standing at a height of 200 feet, San Bernardino Justice Center is one of the tallest seismically base isolated buildings in the United States and the tallest building in San Bernardino County.

Noted by the awards jury for demonstrating quality of form, functionality, and current architectural response to complex justice design issues, the Justice Center will be honored during the Justice Facilities Review Banquet on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at the AIA AAJ Fall Conference in Miami. Attendees of the conference, which focuses on “Challenging the Status Quo,” have the opportunity to learn about the forward-looking project at “The Future of Justice: The New San Bernardino Justice Center” presentation at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, November 20, 2015.

About the Academy of Architecture for Justice

The AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) promotes and fosters the exchange of information and knowledge between members, professional organizations, and the public for high-quality planning, design, and delivery of justice architecture. 

About Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the leading architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world, with an almost 80-year reputation for design excellence and a portfolio that includes some of the most important architectural accomplishments of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since its inception, SOM has been a leader in the research and development of specialized technologies, new processes and innovative ideas, many of which have had a palpable and lasting impact on the design profession and the physical environment. The firm’s longstanding leadership in design and building technology has been honored with more than 1,700 awards for quality, innovation, and management. The American Institute of Architects has recognized SOM twice with its highest honor, the Architecture Firm Award—in 1962 and again in 1996. The firm maintains offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Abu Dhabi.