Design Concept

  • The new courthouse shall be a notable building, architecturally significant, a center of Woodland.
  • The building must fit in with the unique décor of downtown Woodland.
  • LEED energy efficient building.
  • The building shall be balanced between dignified and welcoming.
  • The design should be practical and functional, but have a civic character, not a commercial character.
  • The design should provide ample natural light.
  • The design must respond to major traffic flows of visitors; clarity is important to promote ease of way finding.
  • The design should be flexible for future expansion.
  • Building operational requirements that provide the principal organizing concepts for the courthouse include:
    • The building will have separate circulation systems for the public, judges & staff (restricted) and detainees (secure).
    • Locate functions with the highest volume of visitors closest to the building entrances and on lower floors.