Mammoth Lakes Courthouse

  • Location:

    Mammoth Lakes, California

  • Client:

    Judicial Council of California Administration

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  • Specialties:

    Courthouses, Government

Features & Highlights

  • Two-story, 23,000-square-foot county courts facility with modern design
  • Completed on time and below budget, despite severe weather and remote location
  • Project built to protect and retaining natural forest environment surrounding courthouse
Project Overview

The 23,000-square-foot Mammoth Lakes Courthouse is the home of the Superior Court of Mono County and was Sundt’s third project for the California Administrative Office of the Courts. The two-story building features two courtrooms, space for new judicial services, improved security and access to court services, secure parking for judges, and prisoner holding cells. The project features a sleek, modern design that utilizes a steel frame structure and exterior finishes of brick, glass and metal siding.

The Construction Manager at Risk project was completed on schedule despite challenges posed by Mammoth Lakes’ bitter winter weather and its remote location in the heart of the eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range. With the nearest large city being Reno, Nevada, a three-hour drive away, planning and preparing supplies became crucial. There was also a significant amount of wildlife in the area—including bears—that posed unique challenges to the project.

Sundt broke ground in April 2010, and we formed an aggressive plan to get the building enclosed prior to the first big snowstorm, which would then allow crews to work on the interior of the building throughout the winter. (The winter proved to be a record year for Mammoth, totaling about 55 feet of snow for the season.) Our plan worked, and the project was delivered on time and below budget.

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“[Sundt’s Project Manager] is very professional, a great team player, keeps the client’s needs in mind, and is willing to work with us as the architects to achieve a quality design.”

Richard G. Shiffer, AIA, LEED AP Principal, RNL Design Inc.


Awards & Accolades

2012 Western Council Owner’s Distinguished Award for Buildings – New-Western Council of Construction Consumers (WCCC)

2012 Best Government/Public Buildings Project: Best Projects, Engineering News Record – California