Scott County Courthouse Remodel

Growth, deficiencies, and aging courtrooms provided the impetus to conduct an immediate short-term needs analysis and a long-range master plan for Scott County’s judicial facilities. The courthouse utilized a remodel of vacant space as a short-term solution to growth and additional courtrooms. The design provides an additional two courtrooms to the complex, including a larger magistrate courtroom handling minor and traffic cases. By integrating the clerk’s office right outside the large courtroom, users may pay any fines before leaving the facility, creating synergy between the two high-volume departments and ease of public access. This project required detailed and significant coordination throughout the design and construction process in order to implement the plan in phases without disrupting ongoing use of the courts. Looking ahead, the master plan outlines a long-term major courtroom addition to generate greater capacity as population grows.