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Family Court Building

Dover, Delaware

ClientDepartment of Services for Children, Youth & Their Families

Two different branches of state government, Family Court and the Department of Services for Children, shared the first level of this building; Family Court has all of the second floor. A partial lower level is occupied by parking and mechanical equipment. The site borders on a small river and the building serves, in effect, as a gateway to the State of Delaware’s neo-Georgian Capitol Complex.

Before initiating design, a comprehensive long range space plan and program was prepared. The design provides space for a wide variety of court and office functions with an emphasis on clarity of circulation, access to natural light, and security for the judiciary.

The accessible approach is completely integrated into the building form. Pile foundations were employed to surmount poor soils.


Family Court Building – Artist Rendition


Family Court Building – Front


Family Court Building – Stairwell


Family Court Building – Stairwell Interior


Family Court Building – Side


Family Court Building – Side


Family Court Building – Front

Cooperson Associates

1504 North French Street Wilmington DE, 19801 Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday thru Friday

Member of the American Institute of Architects

Phone: 302.655.1105 Fax: 302.655.1139

Member of the American Institute of Architects

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