Forsyth County Courthouse

Alpharetta, GA
ARCHITECT:
Wakefield Beasley & Associates Architects, Inc.
CONTRACTOR:
Turner-Winter, Joint Venture
Metromont Project Details

Project Overview

The new five-story Forsyth Courthouse in Cumming, Georgia is a first of its kind in Georgia, reshaping the downtown because of the multiple components that impact the whole area.

The courthouse has historically been the center of the community, located on the town square, so the decision to place the new courthouse once again in the center of the county seat symbolizes the importance the community places on this new facility. It is an absolutely critical component of the Forsyth judicial and public safety infrastructure, housing the Superior Court, State Court and all the County Administration.

The building has 160,000 sq ft of floor space on five levels plus a full basement level. The design team stated: In orientation, form, materials and details, the facility is layered with elements of the past, and the dignity and honor associated with courthouses. The exterior cladding of the building consist of 69,000 s.f. of architectural precast panel.

The precast has integral insulation in a thermal efficient sandwich panel. The R-value of the panel with its thermal mass meets the code requirement for this climate zone. The finish of the panels includes 38,000 s.f. of cast-in thin brick and 31,000 s.f. of sandblast area with a limestone color and texture.

Project Details

Architectural Precast
8” Exterior Insulated (non-loadbearing) Wall Panels
16” Exterior Insulated (non-loadbearing) Wall Panels
Precast Column Covers & Curved Fascia

Architectural Details & Finishes

Cast-in thin brick
Limestone color and texture with sandblast finish

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"Metromont was an excellent partner and worked seamlessly, closely to collaborate almost as an extension of our design team. It’s incredible how quickly it all came together.”
Scott Johnston
AIA Johnston Design Group
"The precast concrete design was able to meet the stringent performance requirements of the structure while providing an aesthetically pleasing, sustainable final product at an affordable price point."
Ben Townes
Townes + Architects
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K.J. Jacobs, AIA
McMillan Pazdan Smith

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