Project Type: Study
Construction Cost: $12.7M; BMC
Size: 425,000 SF


Boston Municipal Court Study

Boston, MA

DRA was hired to examine and develop options for a permanent home for the Boston Municipal Court and the Suffolk County Superior Court.

Several sites were explored as possible locations for the new court facility. The sites examined included the existing site at Pemberton Square, a state-owned parcel on Nashua Street, and the federally owned Post Office and Courthouse at Post Office Square. Stacking and blocking diagrams and test layouts were prepared for these sites demonstrating the best approach for dealing with the design at each location. The cost, implementation plans, and schedules were prepared providing DCAM with a method for comparing and evaluating the alternatives.

It was determined that the Pemberton Square high-rise courthouse is of insufficient size to accommodate both court departments. The Boston Municipal Court was permanently relocated to the Brooke Courthouse.

The two-part feasibility study, programming and planning resulted in a renovation of the 8-story 90,000 sf Edward W. Brooke Courthouse facility to house the Boston Municipal Court (BMC) functions. The Superior Courthouse received an occupied phased renovation of nearly 425,000 sf, a 28 floor – 21 Courtroom Facility in Boston’s Pemberton Square. The project was completed in 2003.

Project Leadership

James A. Barrett, AIA

LEED AP BD+C, ALEP | Principal
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