Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture worked with a nationally recognized justice-planning firm to create a comprehensive criminal justice master plan for the County, The centerpiece of that plan is the Criminal Courthouse on Third Street in downtown Napa, adjacent to the historic Hall of Justice.
The Napa County Criminal Courthouse is a model of modern court function and automation. Consisting of three floors plus a service basement, it houses five courtrooms, judges’ chambers and related support facilities. The building is exceptionally efficient in space utilization with dual-use circulation spaces controlled by sophisticated automated security systems.
The courtroom benches and related support facilities feature electronic records retrieval, and court recording and disbursement, greatly increasing efficiency in data transfer. Computer-based control systems manage nearly every system within the building, from lighting to air conditioning, security and court records. This sophisticated ‘smart’ building will serve the County well into the 21st Century.