National construction management firm Adolfson & Peterson, and general contractor, HOK Group Inc., a global architecture/engineering firm, have announced the groundbreaking on the new District Courts Building in Amarillo, Texas.
County Judge Nancy Tanner, the Potter County Commissioners Court, District Court judges and officials, and representatives from AP and HOK participated in the ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of the new building on the southeast corner of 6th Avenue and Pierce Street, across the street from the existing District Courts Building.
Designed by HOK, the five-story, 158,250-square-foot replacement building will include courtrooms, a jury assembly, county offices, courtroom in-custody holding and records storage. The new building will also feature security enhancements including separate sheriff’s access with a vehicle sally port for security and safety, as well as separate access for judges and other elected officials.
The current District Courts Building was constructed in 1985 and the replacement building will help the County save on recent increasing maintenance and repair costs. Addressing the aging building was a top area of focus in the County’s 2018 Strategic Plan. The new building is scheduled for completion in late 2022.
To ensure the safety of the participants and the local media, AP and Potter County implemented COVID-19 safety protocols – including social distancing and mask wearing – on the construction site.
AP has a history of providing construction management services to municipalities and governmental entities throughout Texas. Current and past projects in the state include the North Dallas Government Center for the City of Dallas, the Marq for the City of Southlake, the Town of Little Elm for the City of Little Elm, Rockwall County Jail for the City of Rockwall, and the Garland Audubon Recreation Center for the City of Garland. Nationally, AP has completed more than 2.2 million square feet of construction work for municipalities and governmental entities since 2016.