Merced County Courthouse
The Merced County Courthouse was designed to replace several outdated structures and portables with limited security and awkward exterior circulation. The new courthouse began as a County funded project and eventually became the California Administrative Office of the Courtâ€™s first partially funded courthouse project. It remains an excellent example of how thoughtful planning can result in a building that successfully balances functionality, security and durability while economically providing the dignity and decorum of the courts.
The plan uses an efficient linear court arrangement and cost-effective construction to create a safe, secure and comfortable court facility. The two-story building houses six jury courtrooms, holding, jury assembly, judicial offices and clerksâ€™ areas. A secure underground tunnel connects the central inmate holding area with the courtroom holding. Working with a limited budget, the economies of tilt-up concrete panel construction were exploited to produce faĂ§ades with deep reveals, recessed windows and a punched parapet. The resulting expression is contemporary but congruent with the traditional image of courthouse architecture desired by the County. The design draws from elements found in Mercedâ€™s historic courthouse. The tower that punctuates the long axis of the building serves to signify the building entrance while making a symbolic reference to the many towers found throughout the city.
- Needs Assessment
- Master Planning
- Architectural Design
- Construction Documents
- Construction Administration
- 2008 Tilt-Up Concrete Association, Civic Projects Category â€“ Achievement Award