Clermont County Courthouse Renovation

Fosdick & Hilmer provided the M/E/P/FP engineering design for construction of a 52,000 SF New Municipal Court between the existing County Jail and County Sheriff’s Office. A holding area and underground connector was provided from the Jail. Facility was designed for future expansion with minimum disruption to ongoing court operations. The building houses Municipal Court and Court of Common Pleas.

The project included infrastructure for all M/E/P/FP services including those specific systems necessary for efficient operation of a judicial facility. Specialty electrical systems for voice & data outlets, fire alarm & detection system, closed circuit security cameras, access/door controls, audio/visual systems and emergency generation.

The A/V systems for the Courtrooms include public address, ADA hearing impaired (infrared) systems, white noise, recorder/stenography, LCD projector with motorized screen, computer/TV monitor at the Judge’s Bench for preview & monitoring, and provisions for future VCR with flat screen TV.

Courtroom technology systems include remote access server, mail server, mail gateway, fax server, text search and retrieval server, and image server. Local servers are tied using local area networks (IEEE 802.3 Ethernet LAN) comprised of Category 6 wire (100Base-T) and fiber optic cable (1000Base-T). The system supports access to IPX devices and TCP/IP devices for communication.

Mechanical HVAC systems with simple, effective DDC control were designed and specified to provide an efficient, dependable and quiet installation. The County commissioned a study to evaluate the best life cycle HVAC system for this specific facility. Fosdick & Hilmer’s recommendation was for use of roof top units within the flat areas of the roof with DX coils using multi-stage compressors with electronic evaporator pressure regulators for consistent 55oF air supply to the building spaces.

Project was completed on schedule in 2004 at a cost of $7.5 million.