Main Entrance to Old Courthouse Permanently Closed
County staff, along with County vendors, have successfully moved a majority of the old courthouse occupants to the new Broward County Judicial Complex West Building, leaving a small number of Judges and their staff still operating out of the old Courthouse building. The vast majority of public business is now operating in the new building on SE Sixth Street in Fort Lauderdale.
During the transitional move period, the public has been able to access the main courthouse location from three areas, but that is changing.
The public, attorneys and employees can no longer use the main entrance of the old County courhouse; access will only be allowed through the new Broward County Judicial Complex West Building and the east bridge pedestrian walkway entrance areas. Entry will still require going through the screening process and appropriate security personnel will remain in place through the secured entrances.
It’s Official! We’re Open for Business!
The new Broward County Courthouse is open for business! A phased move-in began in December 2016 and the building officially opened in March 2017. A pedestrian bridge links the new building with the north and east wings of the existing Courthouse, which remain operational. The old west wing will be demolished.
The new 20-story structure is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certified. County officials are pursuing Gold Certification. Why is LEED certification important? Being LEED certified means that the building is designed for energy efficiency and long-term sustainability. That results in better air quality, energy savings and lower cost of operations. Studies show that employees who work in a LEED certified building feel more productive and energized.
New Building Rich in History
Among the many beautiful pieces of artwork in the new County Courthouse is the bell from the original courthouse building, and a mosaic tile wall mural of the second Broward County courthouse. The mural piece contains thousands of tiles and was designed by a team of artists in Italy based on an original photograph of the courthouse and its majestic bell tower. When artists completed the design, the tiles along with assembly instructions were sent to the U.S. for assembly. Both pieces can be seen from the first floor of the new West Wing.