Ronnette Riley Architect was engaged by The LiRo Group
to remodel 21 courtrooms of various sizes and 21 Judges Chambers of The Richard J. Daronco Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, New York. RRA’s scope and responsibility covered approximately 25,800sf and $20M of the 280,000sf rehabilitation. Our goal was to retain as much of the existing conditions in the 1970s design as possible and also create a space that thoughtfully integrated new materials. The project began with an initial site verification and thorough piece-by-piece cataloging of all existing furniture and finishes. We salvaged and refinished the classic jury, spectator seating, attorney’s tables and chairs and gave special consideration to the sustainability of new elements. In addition to these aesthetic choices, RRA ensured that the design would fulfill the security and safety requirements of the court system, meet ADA requirements and that the seating would retain the traditional hierarchy of the judicial system.