Originally the site of a public library, the Queens Courthouse was in dire need of renovation in order to compete with other state-of-the-art judicial systems. Dilapidated and run down, the site of the old public library became the first new court in Queens in 30 years. The new facility now houses 23 courtrooms, waiting rooms, a child center, and numerous city agencies. Cerami & Associates was chosen as both the acoustical and audiovisual consultants for this renewal.
This area of Queens is a major transportation hub as it has the Long Island Railroad station, a major NY Subway station, and a NY Bus depot all in close proximity to the Courthouse. In order to mitigate the street noise from all these locations, we recommended insulating glass, window glazing, and absorptive finishes. Additionally, we recommended changing the fan system by adding duct silencers and drywall partitions to the corridor.
Our audiovisual consultants provided a speech reinforcement system, recording capability in the courtrooms, a paging system, a TV distribution system, and interview rooms equipped with video support to forty rooms.