Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center

Denver, Colorado, USA

Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center represents the rule of law in a building that is dignified, restrained, sustainable, and timeless while also being innovative and open.

Designed to create a more efficient state judicial system, the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center consolidates seven judicial and legal agencies that had leased office space in 10 different Denver locations. The new, two-building complex is situated along the perimeter of Denver’s historic Civic Center Park, adjacent to the state capitol.

Firstly, the Colorado Judicial Center includes:

  • a four-story courthouse that holds two courtrooms for the Court of Appeals,
  • a courtroom for the Colorado Supreme Court,
  • the Colorado Supreme Court Library, and
  • an educational civics learning center.

Meanwhile, second building is a 12-story office tower that houses judicial and legal agencies.

Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center courtroom

Award-Winning Design

  • Justice Facilities Review, AIA Committee on Architecture for Justice, 2016
  • Best Institutional, Crystal Awards, ASID Colorado, 2015
  • Judge’s Merit Best in Show (Commercial Interiors), Crystal Awards, ASID Colorado, 2015
  • Award of Excellence, Marble Institute of America, Pinnacle Awards, 2014
  • TAP Building Information Model Award, AIA, 2013
  • Excellence in Construction for Mega Projects (More than $70M), Associated Builders and Contractors, 2013
  • Best Government/Public Building, Engineering News-Record Magazine, 2013
  • Best Overall Project in Colorado, Engineering News-Record Magazine, 2013
  • 10-Year Retrospective, National Center for State Courts, 2010
Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center

USGBC LEED Gold-Certified

The Colorado Judicial Center is one of the most sustainable courthouse complexes in the United States. It makes substantial use of durable and recycled materials, and remains 30 percent more energy efficient than standards demanded.

Sustainable features include a green roof for filtering rain water, a photosensitive daylight harvesting illumination system, a state-of-the-art and highly efficient mechanical system, and locally sourced materials such as marble from Marble, Colorado.