St. Louis County Courts Moves Forward with Renovation

St. Louis County Courts Renovation by Fentress Architects

Clayton, Missouri (May 14, 2014) - County officials and the project teams met earlier this month to commemorate the groundbreaking for the construction of the St. Louis County Courthouse. Denver-based Fentress Architects and KCI Construction of St. Louis have been  ardently working on a design for the past nine months.

The $122 million project is a renovation and addition to the courthouse that was built in the early 1970s, which lacks modern security systems and checkpoints. The mechanical and electrical systems in the current facilities are both in need of renovation.

The addition of 13 new courtrooms and jury assembly room will allow the facility to meet the growing judicial needs of St. Louis County. In addition, the building will house the relocated Family Courts offices, courtrooms, and juvenile detention, consolidating currently disparate operations into a single location. The completed site will accommodate 43 courtrooms and 1099 parking spaces.

The focus of the design rested heavily on unifying the site into a cohesive whole and providing an accessible and welcoming experience for County constituents.

The changes begin with an exterior façade that does not compete with the existing structure but rather complements it. A sleek modern entrance will welcome visitors off of South Central Avenue. The four columns of the glassy entrance symbolize the four pillars of justice. One enters into a three-story-tall lobby and new security processing. The courtrooms and jury assembly rooms will be outfitted with new lighting, carpeting, finishes, and restrooms. The jury waiting areas will have an abundance of natural light and dignified wood paneling is being used in the courtrooms. The building is situated to capture views and easy access to the landscaped Carondelet Plaza courtyard.

Fentress is a global leader in sustainable design and is targeting U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification. Local materials will be used whenever possible, and all of the buildings’ mechanical systems will be improved in order gain efficiency.

The KCI/Fentress team was selected from a pool of three that included Clayco/ Alberici and McCarthy Courts Collaborative.

The building should be complete in 2016, providing St. Louis County with a safe facility that has the potential to reshape the fabric of the downtown area.

Architect: Fentress Architects
Contractor: KCI Construction Co.
Size: 440,000 square feet
Project Cost: $122 million
Completion: September 2016
LEED: Slated for LEED Certification