Jefferson County Courts

Architect: DLR Group

Associated Architect: HSR Master Planning and Architecture

Location: Madras, OR

Awarded a publish

The proposed Jefferson County Court is approximately 30,285 GSF that rises two stories in height above grade.

The court houses three courtrooms with future plans for an additional court. All courtrooms have identical or mirrored “wells” with the ability to handle a fourteen person jury. Courtroom width and spectator spaces vary.

"The breakdown of scale was an attractive solution for integrating with the neighboring small-scale, single-family residential neighborhood. It is a modest project, but still identifiably civic. " ~ Jury comments

The small courtroom is 1,445 sq ft and accommodates up to 32 spectators. The mid-sized courtroom is 1,580 sq ft and accommodates up to 49 spectators. The large courtroom, programmed at 2,101 sq ft, will handle larger, high profile cases, and accommodates up to 100 spectators. The two north courtrooms are supported with full inmate delivery to each. The court floor holding area is sized to provide for on-time inmate delivery and not rely on travel time from sub-level holding areas up to the courtroom floor.

Court support functions such as jury deliberation rooms and judicial chambers are co-located on the court floors. The balance of the program areas are located on the first floor: Court Administration, HR, Court Operations, District Attorney, Victim Assistance, and Information Technology.

Additional information

Engineer-Building Performance: DLR Group

Engineer-Civil: Harper Houf Peterson Righellis, Inc.

Engineer-Electrical: DLR Group

Engineer-Mechanical: DLR Group

Engineer-Structural: DLR Group

FFE: Owner

Interior: DLR Group  

Landscape: Harper Houf Peterson Righellis, Inc.


Mallory Scott Cusenbery, AIA (Chair), RossDrulisCusenbery, Sonoma, California

Hon. Celeste F. Bremer, United States District Court | Southern District of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa

Michael Cox, AIA, Wold Architects and Engineers, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Julian Jaffary, B.Arch, OAA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Thomas Pulaski, Prince William County Police Department, Woodbridge, Virginia

Arthur Thompson, AIA, SMRT, Portland, Maine

Charles W. Wend, Mount Vernon, Washington

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