Lake County Courthouse Expansion

Expanding the County's Judicial Facilities
Location: 
Waukegan, Illinois
Client: 
Lake County
Contract Value: 
$101,000,000
Size: 
266,500 Square Feet
Year Completed: 
2017

Clark Construction expanded Lake County's judicial facilities to increase the efficiency of the justice system and support growth of the County's justice agencies.

Phase I included the construction of the new 215,000 square-foot Lake County Court Tower. Rising nine stories, the tower includes courtrooms, administrative offices, and jury assembly rooms and deliberation areas. Below grade, the tower features a basement level for restricted parking and a sub-basement central mechanical plant and connecting tunnel level.

During the second phase, Clark constructed a new tunnel below Washington Street, connecting the new Court Tower, the Babcox Justice Center, and the existing criminal courts building, as well as renovate and convert an existing elevated walkway over Washington Street to provide public access between the new and existing court facilities.

The final phase of the project included comprehensive renovations to three levels of the Babcox Justice Center along with renovation of the existing jail intake, booking, and kitchen areas.

Awards: 
2019 ENR Midwest Award of Merit, Government/Public Building