The courtoom in the Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law Building was originally built in 1973. With changing needs and styles, BYU decided to remodel the room. The Zwick Construction’s Salt Lake City office headed the project.
In order to complete the request, the team had to completely gut this second-floor space, down to the structural concrete. The new designs included a skylight, so the ceiling was also replaced. This required the team to be mindful of the weather so as to not let any precipitation into the building.
Since this mock courtroom is fashioned after authentic courtrooms, it is built using a tier system. The team had to improve the structure and add more tiers using geofoam. After completing the features of the room itself, new millwork and furnishings were installed.
The seven-month project took place largely during the semester, so the team had to work around university schedules, being careful of noise levels and transitioning students.
The owners at BYU were pleased with the results that Zwick delivered to them.