Construction on the Raleigh County Judicial Center began in 2008 to consolidate the circuit, magistrate and family courts into one secure structure.(1) The courts were formerly held in two separate buildings.(3) The 69,500-square-foot building,(2)(3) completed for $17.5 million with a $1.1 million contribution by the Supreme Court for technology, equipment and furniture,(3) was dedicated on April 3, 2012.(5)
The building was designed by Sean Simon of Silling Associates, with Jim Bowyer of G&G Builders serving as the general contractor.(4) The exterior featured 126,800 modular bricks, 6,500 blocks, 2,900 inset pavers and 400,000 lbs. of architectural precast panels, completed by Lang Masonry Contractors.
The first floor contains two courtrooms for the county’s five magistrates, the Magistrate Clerk’s Office, and a holding facility.(3) Three family court judges have separate courtrooms and chambers on the second floor, which also houses the Circuit Clerk’s Office. A courtroom is reserved for mental hygiene hearings. The third floor features courtrooms and chambers for the county’s three circuit judges. The historic Raleigh County Courthouse will be used by visiting judges and the Mass Litigation Panel.
- Designation: Raleigh County Judicial Center
- Address: 222 Main Street, Beckley, West Virginia
- Constructed: 2008-2012
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- Hensley, Lauren. “Ribbon Cutting for New Raleigh County Judicial Center.” WVNS. N.p., 10 Apr. 2012. Web. 11 Apr. 2012. Article.
- “Raleigh Co. Judicial Center to open Tuesday.” The Record [Charleston] 29 Mar. 2012: n. pag. Web. 11 Apr. 2012. Article.
- “Raleigh County Judicial Center.” Masonry Construction Online 2011. n. pag. Web. 11 Apr. 2012. Article.
- Porterfield, Mannix. “All under one roof.” Register Herald [Beckley] 4 Apr. 2012: n. pag. Web. 11 Apr. 2012. Article.