The new Wright County Justice Center is co-located with the existing Law Enforcement Center and jail for secure inmate transfer to courts. The modern 155,000 sf facility includes 9 technologically advanced courtrooms with a Mass Calendar Court, a Multi-Party / Family Court, an In-Custody Courtroom, and a Grand Jury Court.

Client: wright county, MN
Type:  justice center, Courthouse, County Offices, Planning & Studies
Size: 155,000 sf, 4-story, 9 Courtrooms
Accommodations

Departments accommodated include Court Administration, Court Services / Probation, a Law Library, County Attorney and space for Jury Assembly.

Inmate Accommodations

The central holding portions of the project include multiple group holding cells and a raised control station, secure vertical circulation via inmate elevators and holding spaces between each pair of courtrooms.

Secure transfer

A direct corridor connection to the jail allows secure inmate transfer completely separated from staff or public areas and multiple secure visitation spaces allow inmates to meet with their attorneys without either exiting the secure perimeter. Security stations for bailiffs and full weapons screening for the public also help ensure a safe environment in the Justice Center.

contemporary design

With full security screening for the building, direct secure holding access to all 9 courtrooms and secure staff circulation, the Wright County Courthouse is a model for secure courthouse design concepts while also showcasing timeless contemporary design, current initiatives for access to natural light, and thoughtful spaces for staff collaboration. The project broke ground in May 2018 and was completed in May 2020.