The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex stands at 595 Newark Avenue in Jersey City

Construction increases on the Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex, a massive new government building at 595 Newark Avenue in the Journal Square neighborhood of Jersey City, New Jersey. Designed by architect Rafael Vinoly and design-builder Terminal Construction Corporation, the five-story structure will provide 24 courtrooms, jury meeting space and new offices for the Hudson County District Attorney, Deputy and the sheriff, among others. The $345 million development will also house a 75-seat public food court, a self-help law library, a children’s playground, training spaces and a 459-space parking lot. MAST Construction Services Inc. is the general contractor for the facility, which rises from a sprawling lot bounded by Central Avenue to the west, Route 139 to the north, Oakland Avenue to the east and Newark Avenue to the south . Developers are aiming for LEED Silver certification.

Recent photos show the towering concrete columns topped around the perimeter of the site and the steel superstructure rising within.

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

From certain angles, the development appears almost like an abstract art installation towering over nearby homes and commercial buildings. The land on which the building sits had to be cleared of several low-rise structures and consolidated to form a mega plot. This involved removing Cook Street and widening Oakland Avenue into a two-way corridor for increased vehicle use.

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex will replace the outdated Administration Building, which will eventually be demolished and replaced with a park funded by Hudson County.

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex. Photo by Michael Young

The renderings below from the Hudson County Improvement Authority offer other perspectives of the Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex and its lateral construction defined by a multi-story system of diagonal trusses. New landscaping and tree-lined sidewalks will surround the main west entrance to the property.

Rendering of the Frank J. Guarini Court Complex - Hudson County Improvement Authority

Rendering of the Frank J. Guarini Court Complex – Hudson County Improvement Authority

Rendering of the Frank J. Guarini Court Complex - Hudson County Improvement Authority

Rendering of the Frank J. Guarini Court Complex – Hudson County Improvement Authority

Rendering of the Frank J. Guarini Court Complex - Hudson County Improvement Authority

Rendering of the Frank J. Guarini Court Complex – Hudson County Improvement Authority

The Frank J. Guarini Court Complex is expected to be completed next year.

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