Kings County Courthouse
Features & Highlights
- LEED Silver
- Returned $3 million in savings to the owner
The Kings County Courthouse was Sundt’s fifth completed capital project for California’s judicial branch. Our team successfully integrated the needs of the public, local law enforcement and the project’s owner, completing this four-story with basement building in Hanford’s civic center, where it serves as an attractive landmark.
The 144,600-square-foot facility was a much-needed replacement for a collection of old, outdated judicial facilities that didn’t meet current security standards. It includes 10 courtrooms, with another two spaces shelled out for growth, plus a jury assembly room, subterranean parking structure/holding cell area and an underground tunnel that connects to the nearby county jail. In addition to accommodating criminal, civil, juvenile and family law cases, the courthouse includes a self-help center and family court mediation rooms. Security is improved with the incorporation of separate hallways and facilities for the public, court staff and in-custody detainees.
During the preconstruction phase, we were able to aid the project by including ice storage tanks for a thermal energy storage system. An energy-efficient “thermal mass” HVAC system makes ice at night, when energy rates are lowest, and uses it to keep the building cool during the day. This value-added item gave the building a system that provides long-term savings on utilities without additional project cost.
Awards & Accolades
2016 Outstanding Project Achievement Award, New Buildings category, Western Council of Construction Consumers Owners’ Project Excellence Awards