The Hudson County Improvement Authority has revealed new renderings of a sprawling courthouse complex designed by award-winning architect Rafael Viñoly. Set to debut in Jersey City by 2023, the Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex will replace the existing Hudson County Administration Building at 595 Newark Avenue with a mix of judicial spaces and public grounds.
When complete, the main building will comprise 24 courtrooms, office and administration spaces, jury rooms, and areas for the city’s Sheriff’s Department. Public spaces include a food court, a library, training spaces, a 459-vehicle garage, and a three-acre public park.
The renderings show a long Structural Expressionist building that is bisected by an open atrium at the lower levels. The design is dominated by large concrete pillars supporting a multi-story massing clad in glass with metal cross bracing.
As reported by Jersey Digs, the scope of development also includes the realignment of several streets and intersections to accommodate the judicial complex and the new public park.
City officials say construction is currently on target to finish by 2023 with total costs hovering around $345 million. At that price, the development ranks as one of the largest-ever publicly funded projects in New Jersey.