The Justice Facilities Review documents best practices in planning and design for justice architecture. The winners demonstrate quality of form, functionality, and architectural response to six essential elements of justice facility design: functionality, security and safety, technology and accessibility, community impact, sustainability and economic feasibility (first cost and long-term cost of ownership), and aesthetic achievements.
The restoration of the Historic Polk County Courthouse accommodates the functional needs of the Fifth Judicial District while also preserving the defining characteristics of the 1906 Beaux Arts Classical style structure. Over the years, historic elements including ornate plaster ceilings, lobbies, original doors, stairs, millwork, and historic finishes and lighting had been replaced, hidden, or covered up in their entirety. The restoration and preservation of the historic courthouse brings the century old building back to life by uncovering and restoring much of its original details and architecture.
Both the Justice Center and the Criminal Courts buildings were also recognized by the AAJ with a Justice Facilities Review Award.
The focus on well-being pushed the building to be highly transparent in areas that have historically been designed with limited access to views and natural daylight in fire stations. Biophilic elements, including natural materials, daylight, views, access to the outdoors, and circadian rhythm-based lighting, are having an effect on the firefighters’ wellbeing, including stress reduction and increased awareness and cognitive ability. Shou sugi ban wood, charred using controlled fire, wraps the living and office spaces. Shou sugi ban is a technique that dates back to 18th-century Japan. The ancient process paradoxically makes the wood fire resistant.
Marion Fire Station 1 is only the second fire station to be honored by with a Justice Facilities Review Award. The first was another OPN-designed project, Madison Fire 14.