O’Donnell & Naccarato (O&N), a leading structural engineering firm headquartered in Philadelphia, is proud to announce the topping out of the five-story, 405,000-square-foot Honorable Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex in Jersey City. The state-of-the-art design-build complex, set to open in 2024, includes a five-story building with 24 courtrooms, judges’ chambers, sheriff offices and court administration, as well as a one-and-a-half story building with the surrogate and prosecutor’s office, which will be connected to the main building. It will also include a six-story parking garage with space for 459 vehicles.
O&N provided structural engineering services for the project, in partnership with the design-builder, Terminal Construction Corp., the architect of record, Netta Architects, bridging architect, Rafael Viñoly Architects, and the construction manager, MAST Construction Services Inc. The $317 million complex, which is financed by the Hudson County Improvement Authority, will replace the 65-year-old Hudson County Administration Building, constructed in 1957.
“O’Donnell & Naccarato is honored to be a part of the skilled team behind this historic project in the heart of Jersey City,” said Anthony Naccarato, PE, SE, F.ASCE President of O&N. “O&N’s designs have contributed to some of the region’s most notable municipal projects, and we are thrilled to add the Guarini Justice Complex to our roster of transformative projects.”
The main building consists of custom steel elements and reinforced concrete towers enclosing the courthouse’s staircases and elevator banks. It also boasts an environmentally friendly roofing system, multi-story glass canopy entrance, and a range of amenities, including a 75-seat public cafeteria, a self-help law library, a children’s play area, and training spaces for administrators and staff.
O&N has served as the structural engineer on numerous large-scale municipal projects across the state, including the Union County Government Complex, Jackson Square Public Safety Headquarters, Newark Police Station, Jersey City Municipal Services Complex and more.