Perkins Eastman | Orange County Courthouse

Orange County Courthouse

Goshen, New York
The Orange County Courthouse addition mediates between the historic 19th-century village environment of downtown Goshen, New York, and the 1967 Orange County Government Center, a Brutalist Paul Rudolph signature building. The major challenge was to produce a design that would be a compatible extension to the Rudolph original, a functional facility for the courts, and also acceptable to the residents of the village.

The 128,000 sf three-story L-shaped addition envelopes one end of Government Center, creates a new private courtyard, and establishes a new image of the courts on an important street intersection. The addition contains five criminal courtrooms, four family courtrooms, support spaces, and County Sheriff cellblock and sallyport, which frees space in the existing buildings for the expansion of the Civil Courts, Probation, and District Attorney. A single new entrance lobby is provided, serving both new and existing court buildings. The addition extends to the existing circulation system for both the public and judicial uses. The design resolves complex circulation and integrates functional adjacencies with the existing building while providing greatly improved security in a new centralized entrance with security screening.

This project was completed by the Principals and staff of EE&K prior to merging with Perkins Eastman.