The P+R/Cromwell/Dewberry design team has supported Benton County with developing courts facilities need assessment, program, and the concept development and evaluation of sites for the new courthouse, to be located within the City of Bentonville, Arkansas. The second phase of the project focused on the conceptual development and assessment of three sites and space deployment options. The scope of work consisted of assisting the county with finalizing the three sites by analyzing site conditions, developing test fit concepts, gathering project pricing, and forming a final evaluation of each site concept. The effort documented in this report occurred over a four month period and involved three workshops with the Courthouse Work Group Committee, formed by the Benton County Quorum Court, County, and courtroom Judges to work with and oversee the Design Team’s efforts.
The new courthouse program area developed in the Phase I report has been applied to each site and consists of 107,200 gross square feet. The base program includes eight new courtrooms (six initially and two shelled for future), the Judge’s chambers, Circuit Clerk, Probate Clerk and the Secure in-custody movement with an initial parking requirement of 428 parking spaces. Additional department areas to be included are the Prosecuting Attorney, Public Defender and the Shared Training/Meeting area. These areas totaled 38,300 gross square feet and an additional 110 parking spaces.
Due to the population growth identified in the Phase 1 Report and previously collected data, the Design Team utilized a 15 year expansion module of four courtrooms with four judge’s chambers and supporting offices. This increment is supported with an additional 110 parking spaces. The theory of multiple 15 year expansion module is that the building will have the ability to serve many generations.