Designs revealed for new Pennsylvania Judicial Center
The new Judicial Center designed by Vitetta for Pennsylvania is to be located within the Capitol Complex area in central Harrisburg. Within view of the Capitol building, regarded as one of the finest capitol buildings in the US and reminiscent of St. Peters Basilica in Rome, the Center will fill the last open area in the complex.
The Capitol Complex is already home to the State Museum of Pennsylvania and the state archives, Pennsylvania Department of Treasury, and many other important civic centers.
This new structure, housing the third branch of the Commonwealth’s governing body, will provide approximately 325,000 sq ft of space for the Judiciary, serving: the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Prothonotary Middle District Office; the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts; and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, with related shared common or support areas.
Also included is a 98,000 sq ft secure parking garage at basement level. The program provides for three courtrooms within the Commonwealth Courts building component, including an En Banc Courtroom of over 3,000 sq ft, and two other 2,400 sq ft courtrooms. The remainder of the building will furnish space for Judge’s Chambers, Court Administrative office space, a Judicial Library, and a Conference and Educational Training Center serving the Judiciary.