Challenge: With its move to a new building in 2013 the Executive Director and staff saw an opportunity to upgrade the Clemency Board’s hearing room. The space for it was an empty, rectangular room with two doors. Familiar with ACI they asked if the designers in the wood shop could create an affordable, yet visually impactful hearing room to reflect the important work it does to protect public safety and contribute to a fair and effective justice system.
Solution: Working with their ACI account manager and the wood shop management the space was carefully measured and requirements for the new hearing room were gathered. Aesthetically they said they were looking for “something like the courtroom on the old Perry Mason show.” Several design ideas were presented and they selected the one that most closely matched what they had envisioned. Stain colors, finishes and trims were finalized and the raised desk, podium, tables and dividing wall separating the hearing area from the small gallery were created in the wood shop in Florence and installed in the impressive new hearing room.