New Civic Structure Topping out on Main Street

Yolo County Courthouse by Fentress Architects

Woodland, California (January 7, 2014) – at the site of the new Yolo County Courthouse, contractors near completion of the building’s frame as they put into place the final steel beam at the topping out ceremony. Approximately 2,000 tons of steel were used, or the equivalent of 734 Ford F150 pickup trucks. The courthouse building is a mix of steel, glass, and 750 individual panels of precast concrete. Hensel Phelps Construction Company and Fentress Architects with Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects embarked on the project in 2011 with construction beginning in the spring of 2013. Completion is expected by early 2015.

The $139 million construction project will consolidate Yolo County’s current court operations which are scattered among seven buildings in Woodland. The new facility will greatly enhance the public’s access to justice and the court’s operations. The courthouse sits between Fifth and Sixth Streets, at 1000 Main Street. The grand entrance has an iconic civic look with grand pillars. Light wells in the entry hall bring in natural light and create a welcoming atmosphere.

The new, 14-courtroom building will also meet all of the current seismic and safety requirements and relieve overcrowding issues.

It would seem once every 100 years we in the court community get to build a new courthouse. 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.
Judge Dave Rosenberg

Fentress Architects concentrated on designing a building that is expressive of open and accessible government while representing the dignity and strength of the courts. The design approach focused on creating a facility that is a landmark capable of lasting another 75 to 100 years, while still being sustainable. Fentress Architects did this by providing the best in architectural planning, design, and contemporary thought and by creating spaces that will be adaptable to future changes in the judicial practice.

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

Fentress Architects is a global design firm that passionately pursues the creation of sustainable and iconic architecture. Together with its clients, Fentress creates inspired design to improve the human environment. The firm has designed US $27 billion of architectural projects worldwide, visited by more than 450 million people each year. Fentress is a dynamic learning organization, driven to grow its ability to design, innovate and exceed client expectations. The firm has been honored with more than 450 distinctions for design excellence and innovation.

Total tons of structural steel: 1,946 3,892,000 lbs which equals 734 Ford F150 trucks (assuming 5300 lbs each)
Total square footage of metal deck: 172,122 (about 86 2,000-sf homes)
Total tons of miscellaneous metals: 94
Total tons of rebar: 305
Total cubic yards of concrete: 9,200
Total pieces of precast panels: 750 
Architect: Fentress Architects in association with Dreyfuss & Blackford
Contractors: Hensel Phelps Construction Company
Size: 163,000 square feet
Project Cost: $139 million
Completion: 6.5.2015
LEED: Slated for LEED Silver Certification