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Prominent, Enduring + Memorable Courts Facilities

Over the past 30 years, Fentress Architects has designed courts facilities that house more than 250 courtrooms within all levels of the courts system: federal, state and municipal.  Consequently, Fentress has designed a wide variety of courtroom types including district and circuit courts, state supreme courts, courts of appeals, juvenile and family courts. In addition, remarkable accessibility, efficiency and dignity are the hallmarks of Fentress Architects-designed courts.

In fact, Fentress continues to rank among the top global Architecture + AE firms for government sector architecture.  Last year, Fentress ranked among the top 15 on Building Design + Construction’s Giants List.


When people engage with these facilities, they experience the remarkable accessibility, efficiency, stability and dignity that have garnered Fentress’ civic and courts portfolio over 90 honors and awards including:


“If my court were being designed today, it would likely follow the lead of the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center which uses a grand glass façade… and a large atrium to convey transparency and invite the public inside.” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

“[Yolo County Courthouse] will be here for generations as a testament to what Yolo County values. It is a manifestation of how much we value justice in this community.” – Kathleen White, former Presiding Judge and chair of the Design Committee


Furthermore, Fentress has designed over 50 USGBC LEED-Certified projects, including:


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