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Bronx Hall of Justice

A Green Municipal Building in The Bronx, NY.

  • The new Bronx Hall of Justice is located on a three-block site on East 161st Street near Grand Concourse Boulevard. The new facilities will work with the existing Supreme and Criminal/Family Courts located near the site to create a Municipal Center as planned in the guidelines of the Department of City Planning for the future Bronx Center. The master plan encompases 1.1 million-square-feet, which consists of 62 court parts and parking facilities for 320 cars.
    The project is currently in its first phase, consisting of 47 court parts for the Supreme and Criminal Court, space for the Department of Corrections, the Department of Probation, the Bronx District Attorney, contract agencies, and parking for 240 cars.
    Aiming to integrate the court complex within the existing community, our building responds contextually to its neighboring low- and mid-rise residential, commercial and school structures in its massing, height and scale. Main public access is located on 161st between Sherman and Grant Avenues, while delivery of prisoners, access to the Police Department central booking station and freight area are concentrated along Sherman Avenue so as to minimize the impact on the residential areas. Furthermore, parking and outdoor spaces are adjusted to the functional and urban planning requirements to allow for controlled access and place functions adjacent to appropriate urban features.
    Organized in a linear manner around a courtyard, the building maintains pedestrian circulation and views, and contributes to the urban landscape of the community. The court functions are layered from private to public with the public spaces adjacent to the courtyard so that visitors will always be able to orient themselves based on the open space. Cantilevered stairs animate the open space and augment the public elevator system. The expansive courtyard will incorporate a freestanding low-rise building that serves as the jury assembly room and gives scale to the large urban space.
    Energy conservation is realized with extensive use of daylighting, energy-efficient supplemental lighting, and the advanced design of heating and air conditioning systems. Among the MEP system features are displacement heating and cooling and the use of a gas fired engine chiller.
  • 161st. Street and 162nd Street between Sherman Avenue and Morris Avenue.
    Subway: B, D and 4 train at 161th Street-Yankee Stadium station.
    Metro North Harlem Line: Melrose station
  • Construction year
  • 2006
  • Size in sq. ft.
  • 775000
  • No. floors
  • 10
  • Green Energy Features
  • Passive Solar:Heat Recovery Ventilation
  • Energy Efficiency Features
  • High-performance Windows:Daylighting:CO2 Monitoring:Occupancy-sensing lighting:Zoned HVAC:Compact Fluorescent Lights
  • Green Products
  • Low-VOC Paints and Adhesives:Recycled/Recyclable floor covering:Certified Wood
  • Water Conservation Features
  • Low-flow fixtures:Rainwater collection:Landscaping for Water Conservation:Vegetated Roof
  • Transportation
  • Bicycle Friendly:Public Transport Access
  • Window brand
  • Viracon
  • Amount and type of insulation
  • varies
  • Type of building (home, school, commercial, etc.)
  • Institutional- Courthouse
  • Designer
  • Rafael Vinoly Architects
  • Builder
  • Bovis Lend Lease-Russell
  • Construction or renovation cost
  • $260,000,000
  • Building Style
  • Contemporary
  • Fuel Type
  • Natural Gas, Oil, Elect.
  • Annual heating fuel consumption
  • 201,533 CCF (est.)
  • Annual electricity use
  • 7,162,156 KWH (est.)