Sneak a Peek of the New Judicial Center
by Sara Crocker
hen entering the four-story atrium of the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center, guests will be greeted with the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., an abstracted columbine on the stone floor, stone walls, and the state seal. It sets the tone for the rest of the judicial center: strong and committed to the history of Colorado and the rule of law.
Touches of mahogany and art installations will add warmth to the building.
The judicial center will house the Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals, as well as staff of the courts, the Office of the State Court Administrator, the Attorney General’s Office, and other judicial agencies.
Just off the atrium, guests will see a new addition: a learning center for the public. Inside, a theater, interactive displays, and artifacts will show guests the history of law in Colorado, and why it matters to them, said Fred Schultz of Trammell Crow Company, which serves as the program manager of the project.
An estimated 1,100 employees will work in the judicial center, which includes a four-story courthouse and a 12-story office building. In total, the buildings are approximately 600,000 square-feet, Schultz said. That’s about one and a third times the size of the University of Denver’s Ritchie Center.
The aim is for the judicial center to be certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Gold, recognizing the buildings’ considerations for the environment, sustainability, and efficiency.
The $258 million judicial center is funded by court fees, bonds, and certificates of participation. It encompasses 13th and 14th avenues, Broadway, and Lincoln Street.
The judicial center was named for Ralph L. Carr, a lawyer and former Colorado governor, who was known for his work to protect the rights of Japanese Americans who were resettled in Colorado during WWII.
Staff will begin moving into the judicial center at the end of this year, but it will open to the public in spring 2013. The dedication will be held on May 2, 2013, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has been invited.