Rockingham County Judicial Center
The new Rockingham County Judicial Center, located on a 38-acre site, provides Rockingham County with a new 3-story courthouse, jail and law enforcement services facility. The Courthouse is 98,000sf; the Jail is 52,500sf with beds for 222 inmates (300 core); and the Law Enforcement Center is 21,000sf. Designed to accommodate 359 employees, the facility is the first judicial center in North Carolina to achieve Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Building Rating System. Among the center’s high performance and green building design strategies are: an Energy Star® compliant, highly-reflective roof membrane to lessen “heat island” effects and help keep the building cool; rain cisterns to provide landscape irrigation and aid in storm water management; preferred parking for carpool and low emission, fuel efficient vehicles to alleviate automobile traffic and pollution; a 33% decrease in building water consumption through low-flow and dual-flush plumbing fixtures, saving over a million gallons of water annually; energy-efficient technologies projected to reduce energy expenditures by 20%; recycled building materials and FSC-certified wood; outdoor air delivery monitoring systems to ensure an adequate supply of fresh air to each building zone; individual lighting controls that enhance occupant comfort and reduce energy consumption; and environmentally-friendly housekeeping and pest management program.