Fall River Justice Court

Fall River, MA

This $85 million, 145,000 sf project provides a first-class county court facility while preserving a community asset. 

The program called for locating three court departments in the historic structure, requiring extensive reconfiguring to meet their diverse needs. The original 42 rooms were converted to 140 offices, 5 courtrooms, a judge's chamber, holding cells, and 9 naturally-lit courtrooms for district and superior courts. 

With emphasis on rainwater management and lower operating costs (due to low-e glazing), the building became the first 'green' court complex. 

Some of the key building features include a 21% water use reduction, 28% energy cost savings, and a sustainable site that includes 31% of its site open for public use. 

For the Fall River Justice Center, The Green Engineer:

  • Helped develop the design criteria and other material for public charrette;
  • Created a written sustainability plan for the project, outlining design goals and strategies including: LEED® assessment and target LEED score sheet;
  • Reviewed all project specifications and drawings against LEED criterion;
  • Performed energy modeling for electric utility rebates.

Owner: MA Division of Capital Asset Management
Architect: Finegold Alexander + Associates, Inc.
MEP: Arup
Contractor: Dimeo Construction

Photography: Courtesy of Pat Morss, Finegold Alexander

LEED® BD+C, v2.2 Gold Certified