Ada County Courthouse
The challenge of this six-level public Courthouse was to create a classic and timeless judicial facility with state-of-the-art technology using contemporary materials and palette. The building merged fifteen public departments into one building, requiring extensive programming and separation between public and private areas. The mixed group of users also required different levels of security, user access and finishes for various areas of the facility.
The facility contains 28 courtrooms, offices of the Clerk, Treasurer, Assessor, Development Services, Prosecuting Attorney, County Commissioners, Emergency Medical Services, and other County Agencies. Prisoner Holding Area is located on the lower floor with vertical security access to all Court floors.
Due to a resolution passed by The Ada County Commissioners requiring all county buildings be constructed to LEED standards, energy efficient design was essential to the project, allowing the Courthouse to become the first LEED certified building in the State of Idaho.