The California Judicial Council has 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 cannot be readily corrected.
In 2009, the Administrative Office of the Courts solicited for architectural services for Yolo County Courthouse and the team of Fentress Architects and Dreyfuss & Blackford Architects was selected from over 45 other applicants.
The new courthouse will consolidate six locations into a single new downtown facility with 14 courtrooms and modern, supporting administrative space. A downtown site has been selected and preliminary design is well under way for a five-story civic landmark. This will be the most significant new public building in Woodland in 50 years, and will be carefully integrated into the urban fabric.