San Jose, CA

Santa Clara Family Justice Center


Structural Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering


233,000 sf

Key Info

-Innovative structural solutions to accommodate irregular column layout and tight spaces-Support for architectural features including cantilevered components


Rutherford + Chekene was the structural and geotechnical engineer for the new 233,906 sf, 20-courtroom justice center. This building replaces six facilities currently leased by the Judicial Council of California and consolidates all family-related services—Family Court, Juvenile Dependency, and Drug Court—into a single facility. The facility includes a self-help center, a child waiting area, and space for justice partners.This project, with a total cost of $240.7 million, was among the judicial branch’s highest-priority infrastructure projects due to its critical need status. R+C worked with the owner and team to keep columns small and maximize usable space.

Civic | Cultural

Leavening peerless structural engineering skill with humor, philosophy, people skills and, above all, a consummate understanding of San Francisco's permitting process, [Alan] saw this project through.