Court Officers Academy

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Brooklyn, NY
Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY); Office of Court Administration (OCA)
52,000 SF
2019 AIA Justice Facilities Review, Published Project

The new 52,000 square-foot Court Officers Academy in Brooklyn is the primary training center for more than 4,000 court officers committed to safeguarding all New York State courts. 

Transforming a former Catholic school consisting of three existing buildings, Mitchell Giurgola designed an interior renovation and exterior rehabilitation. Two existing Beaux-Arts style buildings on the site, constructed in 1922 and 1926, now house state-of-the-art training rooms, classrooms, administrative offices, a multipurpose room, and locker rooms. The third building, a Romanesque Revival style building constructed in 1901, will be converted into a residence hall for the new recruits. The project has been designed to achieve LEED Certification.

Transforming Existing Structures While Remaining Sensitive to the Neighborhood Fabric

The Court Officers Academy involved the transformation of three neglected buildings in Brooklyn from a hazardous eyesore into a state-of-the-art training facility. Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the project removes the blight of the derelict buildings from the neighborhood and immerses future court officers within a community they will soon serve.

Despite collapsed roofs, broken windows, graffiti, leaks and animal infestations, the existing structures still had great potential.
The design team took advantage of high ceilings, big windows and the auditorium's clear span structure to create bright and welcoming spaces.

Choreographing a dialogue between old and new, the architectural solution provides a robust and animated facility that will train recruits for years to come.