The California Judicial Council identified Yolo County as one of the very highest needs jurisdictions for replacement court facilities. The existing historic courthouse, built in 1917, has severe access and security shortcomings that could not be readily corrected. In 2009, the Administrative Office of the Courts solicited for architectural services and the team of Fentress Architects and Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects was selected from over 45 other applicants.
The new courthouse consolidates Yolo County`s previous six locations into a single new downtown facility offering an array of services in one place, including 14 technologically-advanced courtrooms and modern, supporting administrative space for staff. This is the most significant new public building in the city of Woodland in 50 years, and has been carefully integrated into the urban fabric. Yolo County Superior Courthouse is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.
Photos by Rien van Rijthoven. More Yolo County Courthouse images can be found here.