Ralph Carr Judicial Center

  • 03 Nov 2015 15:48

The Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center is a 695,000+ square-foot complex that houses the Colorado Supreme Court

Ralph Carr

The Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center, which opened in December 2012, is a 695,000+ square-foot complex that houses the Colorado Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court Law Library, Office of the State Court Administrator, Office of the Attorney General, Office of the Public Defender and the other legally related agencies serving the State of Colorado.

The complex features a four-story courthouse that includes one courtroom for the Colorado Supreme Court, two courtrooms for the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court Law Library and a 3,800 square-foot interactive judicial learning center. A 12-story office building connects to the courthouse and includes an 11,500 square-foot conference center and a 2,000 square-foot data center. In addition to the seven Supreme Court Justices and 22 Court of Appeals Judges, more than 1,400 people work in the courthouse and office building. On any given day an additional 500 people pass through one of two secure entrances to conduct business. Safety and security in the courthouse and office building is of paramount importance. 
An effective security design is based on evaluating risks and threats, establishing design parameters, and assessing how these will affect the building, personnel, and operations of the business. Director of Court Security for the Colorado Judicial Branch, Steven R. Steadman, performed the security assessments, established objectives for the new building, and implemented an integrated access control, surveillance, visitor management and duress security system. AMAG Technology’s Symmetry™ Security Management System provides the access control and backbone of the integrated system. Guarantee Electrical Contracting was chosen to install Symmetry and all of the low voltage systems backbone. 

The complex’s Symmetry System  is monitored by the Colorado State Patrol Dispatch in their offsite Communications Center. Onsite, the Colorado State Patrol also oversees the in-house Communications Center, provides the security officers and Troopers for the building and monitors the access control and camera surveillance.

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