Queens Civil Courthouse

Queens Civil Courthouse

Queens, New York
The Queens Civil Courthouse contains 20 civil and housing courts, 150-seat calendar court, and 300-seat landlord tenant/small claims court. The facility also houses the jury selection facilities for this courthouse and the adjacent Supreme Court, offices for the courts and the Corporation Council, and 218-car parking garage.

The L-shaped site heavily influenced the design of the building. By building low and to the street line, one floor is able to accommodate eight courts—the most efficient plan for court operations. A cube-shaped jury selection facility links to the court bar by the main entry. The jury wing aligns with the face of the Supreme Court across the street, creating a public space with a strong civil presence. The building is scaled to the apartments on the block and does not compete with the Supreme Courthouse that towers over the neighborhood.

The project received the Excellence in Design Award from the New York Chapter of the AIA, a Certificate of Recognition from the AIA/Committee on Justice, and the Project of the Year/$10 Million + from The Construction Management Association of America. It was also featured in the Retrospective of Courthouse Design published by the National Center for State Courts, published in Architectural Record, and Contract and exhibited at the National Building Museum.
AWARDS
National Stone Insitute, Tucker Award (2001)
American Institute of ArchitectsQueens Chapter, Award for Design Excellence (1998)
American Institute of Architects Committee on Justice, New Courthouse: Certificate of Recognition (1998)
Press
ContractSpeak Civilly
Architectural RecordQueens Civil Courthouse
NewsdayQueens Civil Court Debuts