Located in downtown Frankfort, KY, the Franklin County Courthouse and Judicial Center served as one of the most historic and recognizable buildings in the state capitol. Originally completed in 1835, a jail and annex were later added in 1949 and 1968 respectively.
But by 2010, the Greek revival style building was no longer able to meet the space and design needs of the county seat of Franklin County.
Construction on the new judicial center began and incorporated as much of the historic courthouse as possible, with the new facility wrapping around the old. The marble-lined entryway, stairs, brass chandeliers, and cherry paneling and benches of the original courthouse were all restored to reflect the historic importance of the building. In addition to honoring the building’s history, the new facility was designed to greatly enhance the delivery of court services. It is equipped with the latest computer, video, networking, and security technologies.
Terrazzo was the perfect flooring material to combine the historic attributes of the original courthouse with these modern updates to the facility.
Dino Martina, Martina Bros. Co., said one of the challenges of the project was in the installation of complicated precast terrazzo stair treads. The treads were welded into place on a spiral staircase.
“The treads were installed in a small area which made it difficult to use lifts and scaffolds,” Martina said. “Design and installation required special coordination between the stair fabricator and the precast tread fabricator.”
The result? Martina Bros. successfully combined history and tradition with modern design to make the judicial center unique and classic.
As Martina said, “Blending the old existing courthouse with the new creates something spectacular.”
PROJECT: Franklin County Judicial Center (Frankfort, KY)
CLIENT: Franklin County Public Properties Corporation (Frankfort, KY)
TERRAZZO CONTRACTOR: Martina Bros. Co. (Lexington, KY)
ARCHITECT: Louis & Henry Group (Lexington, KY)
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Codell Construction (Winchester, KY)
TERRAZZO MATERIAL SUPPLIER: (Epoxy, Chips) Terrazzo and Marble Supply Companies (Wheeling, IL)
DIVIDER STRIPS SUPPLIER: National Metal Shapes (Delaware, OH)
PRECAST WORK: Santarossa Mosaic & Tile (Indianapolis, IN)
PHOTOGRAPHY: David Laudadio (Wake Forest, NC)