The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Courthouse is a nine-story, 240,000 sq. ft. building located adjacent to the Bernalillo County District Courthouse and Federal Courthouse in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. The exterior architecture is a modern interpretation of the Art Deco style with the scale and colors complementing the other nearby courthouses. Interior materials of wood, travertine, granite, and marble are also reminiscent of older courthouses. The courthouse has twenty-four court rooms, including one courtroom used for weddings and other official ceremonies and public inductions. One story was left as a shell space to add four more courtrooms, as necessary, in the future.
There are a large number of entry security stations for employees, the public, and jurors. The facility has an extremely heavy public service environment, handling up to 3,000 visitors daily. The most traveled areas of the building, the first three floors, are connected by escalators and elevators for efficient circulation. The main first floor service counters use an electronic queuing system for the specific required service.
Access for the judges is provided by underground secure parking and a separate elevator system which opens directly to the secure administration area. The courtrooms have separate entrances for the judges from a secure access corridor.
There is an enclosed vehicular sally port for the transfer of prisoners from jail. The prisoners are then detained in holding cells, before being transported through another set of secure elevators, to holding cells adjacent to the courtrooms.
Other features of the facility are records storage, court administration, juror waiting area, probation department, deliberation rooms, conference rooms, processing area, shipping and receiving area, recycling area, building maintenance department, and central security office. The security office has electronic controls of all secured areas including the sally port, all holding cells, secure elevators, and main entrances.
The courtrooms are electronically linked through a video arrangement system with the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center. There is an exterior access transaction window open after hours and weekends.
A 350,000 sq. ft., 924 vehicle parking structure was constructed a part of this project on an adjacent site. The street between the courthouse and the parking structure was vacated and turned into a pedestrian way with limited access for fire trucks. The parking structure has two levels below grade and eight above grade. The parking levels below grade are for court employee and juror parking. A separate elevator and stairway access is provided for these levels. Another feature of the parking structure is 18,000 sq. ft. ground level retail spaces which relate to pedestrian traffic along Fourth Street.