New Home of Georgia’s Judicial Branch

The State of Georgia’s Nathan Deal Judicial Center is the first state-building in the history of Georgia devoted entirely to the judiciary. The seven (7)-story, 224,500-square foot facility houses the Supreme Court of Georgia, The Georgia Court of Appeals, and the newly created state-wide Business Court. This significant facility was designed to complement the State Capitol Building (Edbrooke and Burnham, built circa 1889) and expand the Capitol Hill District across from Capitol Avenue. SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson partnered with Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLC to design a facility in the classical architectural approach that symbolizes the dignity of the courts from the beginnings of the Republic.

Working with State Leadership

The placement and orientation of the building is directly on axis with the dome of the State Capitol Building and the curved façade responds to the prominent Capital Avenue, Memorial Drive, and 1-20, I-75/85 intersections. Like the Capitol’s Legislative Chamber’s, the building features a central atrium the is elliptical, 112-feet in height, and connects six (6) floors. The Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Courtrooms open onto the atrium that also provides stunning views of Capital Hill and Downtown Atlanta and beyond.

SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson worked in partnership with the Courts, the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission (GSFIC), the Georgia Building Authority, and the Georgia State Properties Office from programming and planning, site selection, design, and construction over 10 years to complete this historic commission. Employing energy-efficient HVAC systems, LED lighting, water-saving devices, Georgia sourced materials including granite and marble, the facility is one of a few in the entire State to achieve a three (3) out of four (4) Peaches in the Georgia Peach Green Building Rating System.

A Note from Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States

“This is a magnificent architectural achievement that should evoke pride in the entire state...It embodies the ideals of our courts, as well as Gov. [Nathan] Deal’s deeply personal commitment to criminal justice reform and to this great state.”

(Quote from the Building's Dedication Ceremony)

The SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson design team consisted of 19 consulting firms including Robert A. M. Stern Architects (design), Justice Planning Associates (programming), and HGOR (landscape architecture).

ClientGeorgia State Financing and Investment CommissionLocationAtlanta, GeorgiaProject Size5-acre site; 224,500 GSFServicesArchitecture, Engineering, Interior Design

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