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 is significant in that it promotes the development of mixed-use civic projects designed to compliment the City’s historical context of up 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 first two levels align with the massing of neighboring buildings.  This allows for the continuation of an unbroken street edge.  Likewise, the upper three floors are set back to help establish historic scale for the building.  The setback also permitting abundant natural daylight to enter the building.

Located across the street from the main entrance is a four-level, 900-vehicle, mixed-use parking garage.  Fentress Architects also designed this garage.

Larimer County Justice Center courtroom

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.