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The Judicial Civil District Court Project for Orleans Parish

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Design Principles, Trends and Standards:

The Judicial Building Commission Project establishes the minimum space and the functional, technical, and security requirements for the design of new civil district court facilities for Orleans Parish. The facilities standards identified reflect best practices and successful solutions as the basis for achieving design excellence within contemporary court facilities.

The facilities standards are criteria to be used by design professionals, the judiciary, court administrators, and facility planners. The standards provide a resource of planning and technical criteria. The standards provide a basic understanding of the programmatic, design, and operational concerns common to court facilities, and illustrate how standards may reasonably be applied to meet the needs of the project.

1. Minumum ceiling hieghts

2. Line of sight

3. Saftey and Security

4. Courtroom Design Configuration

5. Adjacency and Circulation
6. New Building vs Renovation Construction

7. Courthouse Imagery/Symbolism
8. The Preference for a standalone courthouse
9. Technology Trends