Two Dewberry-designed projects, the Chatham County Trial Courthouse of Savannah, Georgia, and the Stanley J. Roszkowski U.S. Courthouse of Rockford, Illinois, were recognized for demonstrating quality of form, functionality, community impact, sustainability, and economic feasibility, as well as intelligent architectural response to complex justice design issues.

Both projects received certificates of merit, were published in the 2013 Justice Facilities Review, and will be featured throughout the year in the AAJ Journal. Project exhibits will be displayed at the AIA National Convention and Exposition, as well as at conferences of allied organizations across the nation.

The new Chatham County Trial Courthouse was developed as a direct extension of the original city plan for Savannah, Georgia, as designed by James Oglethorpe in the mid 1700s. As a result, the new courthouse will be a strong contribution to the rich city planning and architectural heritage of Savannah. The design focused on the idea of redefining the existing court's campus, restoring both Liberty Square and the historic district's western boundary. Dewberry worked in association with Savannah-based Barnard & Associates on the project.

The Stanley J. Roszkowski U.S. Courthouse was designed under the U.S. General Services Administration's Design Excellence program and is intended to be a 100-year facility. The courthouse is expected to be a catalyst for the rebirth and redevelopment of Rockford's downtown area. The site was developed by combining two downtown blocks into one larger block to accommodate both green space and 30 years' worth of expansion. Dewberry worked in association with Koetter Kim & Associates on the design of the project.

A national leader in courts design, Dewberry serves a broad spectrum of municipal, state, and federal judiciary clients, and offers a complete range of services, from feasibility studies and system master plans to full designs for renovations, expansions, and stand-alone new facilities. The firm was one of the first in the nation to specialize in criminal justice architecture, and has been active in this area for nearly 40 years. To learn more about Dewberry's courts architecture practice, please visit the firm's website at