Fentress Architects Break Ground on Yolo County Courthouse

Yolo County Courthouse by Fentress Architects

Woodland, California (April 18, 2013) City officials celebrated the ground-breaking of the Yolo County Courthouse earlier this month. The $139 million project will consolidate Yolo County’s current court operations, which are scattered among six buildings in Woodland, into a single space for maximum efficiency. The new facility will meet all of the current seismic and safety requirements, relieves overcrowding issues, and provides for future expansion.

“It would seem once every 100 years we in the court community get to build a new courthouse,” said Judge Dave Rosenberg, who pointed out the present courthouse was built “four score and 16 years ago” in 1917. “We truly love our historic courthouse on Court Street. It has served us reasonably well. But it was built five generations ago. We have outgrown that courthouse in almost every conceivable way.”

Promoting a Transparent  Government 

Fentress’  design  is  expressive  of  open  and accessible government while representing the dignity and strength of the courts as the third branch of government. The design approach focuses on the importance of activities within the courthouse and will represent the best in architectural planning, design, and contemporary thought by addressing adequate spaces that will be adaptable to future changes in the judicial practice.

Sustainable Vision

Fentress Architects is working collaboratively with stakeholders to bring Yolo’s sustainable vision to life and has designed the new facility for LEED Silver certification. From the onset of the project, Fentress Architects, Dreyfuss & Blackford, and Hensel Phelps, as well as other partners, have shared the same sustainable vision, expectations, and goals.

The new courthouse, a strong symbol of Woodland and Yolo County, is scheduled for completion in 2015.

“Two years will go by very quickly and soon we'll be back here in 2015 to celebrate […] but at the end of the day we're all focused on keeping money and jobs in California,” stated California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Today’s milestone represents years of collaboration with clerks, judges, and law enforcement. The new consolidated courts complex will not only create an iconic structure for Woodland, but will also provide a more efficient government that best serves its county’s citizens.
Curtis Fentress, Chairman and Principal-in-Charge of Design at Fentress Architects

Architect: Fentress Architects with Dreyfuss & Blackford
Contractors: Hensel Phelps Construction Company
Size: 163,000 square feet
Construction Cost: $139 million
Completion: 2015