Justice architecture demands multi-faceted design to uphold and express the legal process, and achieve efficient and functional operations, while maintaining a safe and secure environment. NORR’s experience in the design of judicial buildings spans more than 30 years across all levels of government including courthouses, police facilities and detention and correction centers.
Multi-Faceted Design to Meet All Users’ Needs
Our Justice Center of Excellence is constantly sharing and advancing our knowledge through research, study and practice. We believe that the key to effective judicial building design lies in a clear understanding of complex programs and changing processes that supports all participants. Working collaboratively with users and stakeholders, NORR uses both traditional and new techniques of visualization and simulation to communicate and collaborate in the design process.
The design of a new courthouse must be accessible, dignified, safe and functional. Detailed design of public circulation, waiting areas, settlement rooms, holding quarters and judicial chambers is undertaken to support the needs of the courts system. NORR has completed more than 50 courthouse projects including programming assessments, standards development, accessibility studies, renovations and new-build designs.
The design of a police facility must respond to the increasing demands for service and security in an evolving world. NORR’s Justice team works with multiple police organizations across the globe to realize designs that achieve efficiency, functionality, integrate technology and provide a safe environment for officers and the public that is integrated into the community they serve.
Detention and Correction Centers
The design of a new detention or correctional center, or overhaul of an existing facility, must emphasize elements such as rigorous security standards, operational requirements, enhanced rehabilitation potential and adaptability for future growth and services. NORR’s dedicated Justice team manages all elements in close partnership with the client and community.
Surrey Courthouse Renovation and Expansion
Renovation and expansion bolsters busiest courthouse in Western Canada