The renovation project for the Missoula County Courthouse and Annex will be completed in early 2016. The project began in 2012 and will be accomplished in three major phases with multiple sub-phases in order to maintain public access to services.Phase One:
First floors of the Courthouse and Annex, fourth floor of the Annex, basement of the Annex
- First floors of the Courthouse will house both Justice Court courtrooms and Justice Court clerks, the first floor of the Annex will house: the Motor Vehicle/Treasurer Department, the Clerk & Recorder/Election Administrators’ Offices, and the County Commissioners’ public meeting room. The public meeting room will also double as an emergency operations center in the event of a large-scale incident.
- The first phase will also include renovation of the Annex basement which will house the 911 Dispatch and Training Center.
- A portion of the fourth floor of the Annex will be remodeled as well to accommodate eventual growth in the County Attorney’s Office. For the duration of the renovation, the space will house displaced departments.
Second and third floors of the Courthouse
- The second floor of the Courthouse will provide much needed jury/mediation/conference rooms and a hearing room for both Standing Masters associated with District Court.
- The hearing room will also be available for large scale meetings, training events, and presentations.
- The renovated third floor of the Courthouse will house District Court department staff and will also have a new accessible, technologically upgraded District Courtroom.
Second floor Annex
- The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office will be located on the 2nd floor of the Annex once construction is completed.
- The final phase of the renovation focuses on the third floor of the Annex which will house the other two District Court departments.
- In addition to office space, the third floor will provide two brand new courtrooms and a new security suite with holding cells and secure conference rooms.
- Phase three will also include technological and functional upgrades to the historic District Court courtroom on the third floor of the Courthouse and some seismic reinforcement of the historic clock tower of the 1910 Courthouse.
Missoula County Environmental Mission
In June of 2010, Missoula County Commissioners resolved to incorporate “environmentally responsible guidelines into all buildings the County plans, designs, builds, renovates, remodels and operates.” As such, the Courthouse/Annex renovation team is working to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification for the project. The County's Resolution Establishing the Missoula County Green Building Policy is on the County Commissioners' website.
The LEED® rating system is governed by the U.S. Green Building Council and is a nationally recognized system for rating the performance of buildings and guiding project design. The LEED® rating system includes six categories: Sustainable Site Design, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Indoor Air Quality, Materials and Resources, and Innovation and Design. In order to achieve LEED® certification, the County Courthouse Renovation Project must satisfy 40 credits, which can be acquired among these six categories.
Sustainable Sites: This credit category encourages implementation of design strategies that promote a responsible relationship between the built environment and the natural environment.
Example: Alternative Transportation - Public Transportation Access (SSc4.1): Due to the convenient access the courthouse and annex have to the Mountain Line Transfer Station, the project is eligible for points in this credit category.
Water Efficiency: This credit category promotes reduction in building water use by increasing efficiency.
Example: Water Use Reduction - 20% Reduction (WEp1): The County’s implementation of water saving technologies, such as low-flow fixtures, has resulted in a total reduction in water usage for the site of 24%.
Energy and Atmosphere: This credit category addresses means of reducing the amount of energy required for building operations.
Example: Optimize Energy Performance (EAc1): Thus far, the courthouse renovation project has achieved an approximate 20% increased level of energy performance, potentially making the project eligible for up to seven (7) credit points in this category.
Materials and Resources: This credit category promotes responsible waste management and materials selections.
Example: Construction Waste Management (MRc2): Efforts are made to divert construction and demolition debris from disposal in landfills. Materials are recycled and reused when possible. As of May 2013, a total of 65.8% of all construction and demolition waste has been recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill.
Indoor Environmental Quality: A goal of this credit category is to ensure that building occupants are exposed to the best indoor air quality possible in order to promote a healthy work environment.Example: Low Emitting Materials - Paints and Coatings (IEQc4.2): All paints and coatings used on finishes throughout the project meet strict criteria for volatile organic compound (VOC) content. Documentation of the types of paints and coatings used in the courthouse and annex enables the project to apply for one (1) credit point.
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