The Wake County Justice Center opened officially yesterday in downtown Raleigh, combining the latest security measures with a high-tech, efficient design.
When visitors enter the main lobby of the Wake County Justice Center – after passing through airport-level security - they are greeted with an array of electronic message boards directing them to whatever government function they are seeking: 19 courtrooms, the Commissioners Board Room, District Attorney’s office, Register of Deeds, even a café. All of it in an 11-story building designed to achieve a LEED silver rating for environmental efficiency.
And at a cost that pleases County Commissioner and Board Chair Joe Bryan.
"Today we are proud to open a building, your building, for you, the members of our community, ahead of schedule for a total construction cost of $184 million, $30 million under budget," said Bryan.
The Justice Center also has capacity to grow along with Wake County. The entire sixth floor is currently empty, but four more courtrooms could be added as needed.