The design of Tarrant County’s new civil courts building blends contemporary elements with the brick and granite that characterize downtown Fort Worth. The high-tech interiors serve the needs of the civil court system of today and tomorrow, while the exteriors feature pink Texas granite from the same quarry as the rock used on the nearby 1895 County Courthouse. Expansive windows offer views of the historic courthouse.
The building includes 12 civil district courtrooms and a large courtroom that can accommodate 120 people. During the design process, the team created a full-size architectural mockup of a courtroom and incorporated input from county judges.
The site is adjacent to Fort Worth’s Sundance Square, a 35-block shopping and entertainment district, and the new Tarrant County Family Law Center. The project included design of a public plaza and an underground, secured parking garage.
The building, which achieved LEED Gold certification for its energy-efficient systems, regional materials and other sustainable design elements, was designed and constructed to last for more than a century.