Larimer County Justice Center

Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

The new Justice Center is home to 14 courtrooms, district, county, municipal, and probationary offices, plus a law library.

The Larimer County Justice Center is located within City of Fort Collins’ Civic Center Master Plan site, which promotes the development of mixed-use civic projects designed to compliment the City’s historical context of two- to four-story commercial brick buildings.

The Justice Center was designed as a five-story building in order to maximize future expansion, maintain area for the site public open space, anticipate future building uses and to best maximize efficiency in blocking and stacking of the courts program.  The building’s first two levels are designed to align with neighboring buildings and allow the continuation of an unbroken street edge.  The upper three floors are set back from the street-front property line to establish an historic scale for the building, while also permitting abundant natural daylight to enter the building.

The main entrance is located across the street from a four-level, 900-vehicle, mixed-use parking garage, which was also designed by Fentress Architects.

Award-Winning Design

  • 10-Year Retrospective, National Center for State Courts, 2010
  • Justice Facilities Review, AIA Committee on Architecture for Justice, 2000
  • Merit Award, Gold Nugget Awards, Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference, 2001
  • First Place, National Design Competition, 1996


The program for this design-build courthouse includes office, retail, recreational, and parking.