Morris County Greenlights New Courthouse Design in Morristown
Morristown, NJ – The Morris County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved an updated exterior design for a new courthouse in Morristown. The new structure will occupy a county-owned parcel on Schuyler Place.
Commissioners, architects, and key county stakeholders came together for a final review, culminating in the green light for an eight-floor, 119,000-square-foot courthouse. The building will feature modern amenities like new courtrooms, a jury assembly room, and heightened security measures.
The final design was presented by AECOM, a Clifton-based architectural firm, and was approved after rigorous evaluation by the Courthouse Committee of the Board of County Commissioners. The committee includes Commissioners Stephen Shaw, who serves as Chairman, Deborah Smith, and Douglas Cabana.
“This final design is the result of collaboration and input from all the stakeholders on this project. We value AECOM’s approach in working with the county to ensure we landed on an exterior design that is timeless in terms of function and aesthetics,” stated Commissioner Stephen Shaw.
Among the attendees at the final review meeting were Sheriff James Gannon, Prosecutor Robert Carroll, Superior Court Assignment Judge Stuart Minkowitz, Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty, and Morristown Business Administrator Jillian Barrick.
The courthouse will encompass a total of eight new courtrooms, a jury assembly room, meeting rooms, security areas, and a three-story glass entrance foyer. The project aims to meet modern safety, security, and space requirements essential for the proper functioning of the county’s criminal Superior Court operations.
The need for a new courthouse emerged from a 2017 Space Needs and Facilities Assessment commissioned by Morris County. Completed in 2018, the assessment found significant shortfalls in the existing court facilities, including the historic courthouse on Washington Street constructed in 1827. Although the historic structure will be preserved, it no longer meets the needs of most court operations.
The new courthouse will be constructed next to the existing Morris County Administration & Records Building on a county parking lot. Prior to this updated design, the county had initially presented a different proposal before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, which has since been revised to meet current needs.
Why It Matters?
This initiative represents a pivotal step in balancing the evolving judicial needs of Morris County with the financial responsibilities to its residents. The updated design signifies a carefully planned investment that aims to serve the community for generations to come.
With the design approved, the county will now proceed with the next phases of development, which include finalizing construction plans and timelines.
By adhering to a collaborative and comprehensive design process, Morris County ensures the new courthouse will be a cornerstone for justice and public service in the community for years to come.