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San Bernardino Justice Center | Owner: Judicial Council of California | Manager: Capital Program, S. Pearl Freeman, AIA | Architect: SOM, Managing Partner, Gene Schnair, FAIA, Manager Director, Steve Sobel, FAIA

Opened in May 2014, the San Bernardino Justice Center bridges the scales of downtown development to unify the urban fabric, creating a visible landmark for the city while engaging the public with vibrant open space. Situated at the intersection of San Bernardino’s County Government Center and the Downtown City Center, the Justice Center serves as the nexus for the city’s political and economic development and is the first high-rise and base isolated courthouse for the judicial branch of California.

The new building dramatically improves the courts efficiency by consolidating functions that were previously scattered in 13 different facilities across the county. The 361,000 sf facility complements the adjacent historic courthouse and the court facility to create a community with a flexible, modern, and sustainable center for justice. The project consists of an 11-story courtroom tower visible on the skyline, and a linear, three-story-podium that holds the street edge. As the feature spaces of the building, the courtrooms balance the functional requirements of judicial proceedings with highly refined interiors that reflect the dignity of the Court.


Women in the Design World: Work in Progress, an exhibition presented by the Sam Fos School of Design and Visual arts in conjunction with the Women in Architecture Symposium 2014.

S. Pearl Freeman, AIA / M.Arch, 1976