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, had severe access and security shortcomings that could not 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 was selected from over 45 other applicants.
The new courthouse consolidates six locations spread throughout the city into a single new downtown 163,000 square foot facility with 14 courtrooms and modern, supporting administrative space. This is the most significant new public building in Woodland in 50 years, and is carefully integrated into the urban fabric.
In 2018, the project received an award from the Justice Facilities Review Awards Program from the AIA’s Academy of Architecture for Justice. In 2017, SEOCC awarded the project the Award of Excellence for New Construction. In 2016, the project received a Significant Project Achievement Award for New Building at the WCCC Owner’s Project Excellence Awards.
Yolo County Woodland Superior Courthouse was designed to achieve LEED Silver certification by the USGBC.