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Home » New Courthouse
The previous court house for the Superior Court of California, County of Yolo consisted of seven separate facilities. These facilities poorly served the growing needs of the county's residents, and the lack of consolidated facilities exacerbated the functional problems of the court facilities. The historic Woodland Courthouse was constructed in 1917 as a shared court and county facility and now on the National Register of Historic Places. The county vacated the building in 1985 except for the district attorney's office-which remained in the building until 1993.
The historic courthouse had been renovated as the court grew and housed eight marginal courtrooms. This facility had significant security problems, severe accessibility deficiencies, overcrowding issues, and has many physical problems preventing the court from providing safe and efficient services to the public. To meet current space needs, the court operated five other facilities, many with courtrooms, spread throughout the downtown Woodland area.
The new 14 courtroom facility, of approximately 160,000 square feet, will include space for all court functions. The County will retain title to the historic courthouse and occupy the building once the court vacates the space.
Planning for a New Courthouse in Woodland
In 2015, the new 163,000 square-foot courthouse in Yolo County opened, consolidating scattered local court services and providing users with safe access to justice.
Facts & Stats
Square footage: 163,066
Estimated total cost: $165,337,000
Estimated construction cost per square foot: $605
Current status: Under construction
Expected completion: 1 Q 2015
- 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.
- New courthouse at top of judicial agenda for 2011 (12/30/10)
- Tallest Building in Woodland (3/28/11)
- Site Acquisition Completed (3/11/11)
- Site approved for new Yolo County courthouse (3/12/11)
- New Yolo courthouse will benefit residents (4/25/11)
- Yolo courthouse project advances to design phase (6/06/11)
- Images of future courthouse unveiled to the public (11/16/11)
- New Woodland courthouse design previewed (11/16/11)
- Judges unveil new courthouse design to Woodland Council (11/17/11)
- Yolo gets first look at new county courthouse (11/17/11)
- State Public Works Board Approves Parking Site (12/12/11)
- Courthouse parking site purchase gets state approval (12/14/11)
- Courthouse plans get OK from State Public Works Board (2/12/12)
- Yolo courthouse project proceeds to bidding phase (11/07/12)
- Groundbreaking set Friday for new Yolo courthouse (4/04/13)
- Groundbreaking ushers in new $161M Yolo County Courthouse (4/05/13)
- Ground broken on long-awaited courthouse project (4/07/13)
- Meaningful Yolo County courthouse groundbreaking (04/11/13)
- Yolo Courthouse construction begins today (5/06/13)
- Watch the new courthouse go up online (05/12/13)
- One year young: New Yolo County Courthous has first birthday (10/1/16)