The county is asking for input from residents on the design of the justice center

Three versions of a proposed justice center design have been released and Douglas County is seeking feedback from residents.

Three versions of a proposed justice center design have been released and Douglas County is seeking feedback from residents.

Three versions of an exterior design for a new Justice Center have been released and Douglas County residents are being asked which one they like best.

Online voting is possible until June 21 and you can choose a version.

Construction of the new Justice Center is expected to begin in spring 2025, with an estimated completion date of summer 2026.

While most approvals and financing are in place, the design of the building’s exterior has been a sticking point, with Minden Town board members rejecting an initial presentation earlier this year.

“The current Judicial Law Enforcement Building, built in 1980, has served us for 44 years,” said County Manager Jenifer Davidson. “The new center will be built not only for the community of today, but also for future generations.”

The province invites residents to participate by helping choose one of three renderings prepared by TSK Architects.

“We invite the public to review each design and help us create an exterior that reflects the unique culture and heritage of Douglas County,” Davidson said. “Your input is critical and will be considered by the Board of County Commissioners.”

TSK Architects also designed the 2015 Lander County Courthouse and the Douglas County Community and Senior Center.

“Each of the exterior design options includes visual references to the courthouse’s iconic historic steps; physically separated from the building but functionally incorporated into the design as a public seating area,” say the architects.

The three designs are:

Design #1

Exterior Design with Local References: This design is inspired by the Western Classical Revival style of Frederick J. DeLongchamps’ historic 1915 Douglas County Courthouse. The aim is to recreate the imagery and character that DeLongchamps buildings brought to the city of Minden, and extend this historic language into the future. In addition to the design of the historic courthouse, local inspirations for the design materials include references to the Minden Inn, Bently Farmers Bank Building and the Minden Mercantile.

Design #2

Neoclassical Exterior Design: This design references the American historical view of courthouses and uses classical design principles to evoke the idea of ​​courthouses as temples of justice. Local inspirations for the design included references to the Nevada Court of Appeals. Design elements include fiberglass-reinforced gypsum columns and a foam crown molding.

Design #3

Modern Interpretation Exterior Design: This design offers a modern adaptation of historic courthouse architecture, retaining the overall visual image of classical architecture while embracing the clean, clean lines of modernism and eliminating purely decorative ornamentation. Local inspirations for this design include references to the Nevada Supreme Court. Design elements include a pointed entry and plaster fascia.

The project is expected to cost $51 million, with $37 million coming from a bond supported by sales taxes. The remaining $14 million will come from medium-term bonds from the provincial investment fund.

The county has been looking for a way to build a new courthouse for more than a decade. The two district courts and one trial court are currently housed in the 42-year-old Judicial & Law Enforcement Center. There is an additional court in the Stateline Administrative Center.

The obligation to build the center cannot increase the property tax rate, which is already at the state cap of $3.64 per $100 assessed value.

The county purchased property north of Buckeye Road, near where the Minden Maintenance Yard is located. The new center will also be located near the intersection of Buckeye Road and the future Muller Lane Parkway.

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