RicciGreene teamed with Arcadis Engineering and RTKL Architects to develop the new Manhattan Courts Master Plan, reflecting current conditions, and today's realities in terms of court caseloads and operations. The study was expanded to include 10 buildings in Manhattan where courts are located - eight are in the Civic Center district, plus the Midtown Community Court and the Harlem Community Court.
The goal of the study was to set priorities for the City's capital plan for these buildings. The analysis includes a comparison of existing space utilization to both current and projected (20 year) needs for all court divisions for both the Supreme and City court jurisdictions. Another key objective was to create a plan that re-aligns the locations of fragmented departments into consolidated operation in as few buildings as possible, and to look for operational efficiencies through synergies between different court divisions sharing common locations. In addition, the Plan includes a look forward to potential functional changes reflecting best practices in courts for the 21st century.
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