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RON DE LUGO FEDERAL OFFICE BUILDING AND COURTHOUSE RENOVATION

The renovation of the Ron DeLugo Federal Building and Courthouse addresses various security deficiencies to bring the 1977 building up to current courthouse design standards. The design includes re-envisioned circulation within the building as well as physical security upgrades throughout the building and site.

The project includes site planning and extensive interior renovation for multiple government agencies including security, life safety, and operational upgrades. The separation of judges, prisoners, and public circulation into and around existing courtrooms has been provided, while addressing all requirements of the US Marshals Service and the Judiciary.  Additionally, the program required two exterior additions to the building. A new secure public entry was added that addresses both modern day security requirements and hurricane requirements for glazing and the addition of a new set of elevators for judges and prisoners, secure judges parking and U.S. Federal Marshals Services prisoner sally port. The additions are designed to blend into the existing architectural style to create a cohesive overall presentation.

Due to the lack of suitable office space on the Island of St. Thomas, the design team proposed a six-phase schedule that would allow each tenant agency to move into temporary space within the building, with minimal disruption to their operations. Tenant agency facilities will not only be upgraded, but temporary space provided during construction will allow courts to fully function throughout the renovation.

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

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