Terry R. Harris Judicial Building

  • Client

    • El Paso County
  • Project Type

Design Achievement - El Paso County's Terry R. Harris Judicial Building was forged by two primary design goals: create a building that reflects the dignity and honor appropriate to a courthouse; and make a notable civic statement that is sympathetic to the existing courthouse complex as well as the fabric of downtown Colorado Springs. DLR Group's design draws from the context around it with the vision that this judicial complex would create a different architectural identity from that of commercial or religious structures. The strong, solid ends and the clarity of the elevations call attention to the seriousness of what this building represents, and sets it apart from the more superficial aspects of day-to-day commercial architecture.

Scope Summary - The architecture is comprised of various elements reflecting the functional elements of the 189,000 SF building. The courts tower and the L-shaped building rest on a one-story platform, extending from the existing courthouse's granite base. The building sections alternately overhanging or step back from the base depending on contextual or functional demands. A final defining architectural element is a metal and glass gasket that winds itself between the tower, the L and the platform, linking the three spatially. It also forms a cladding edge in the form of a folded curtain-wall layer on the west face of the tower. In addition to the judicial expansion, the scope comprised 10,000 SF of interior remodeling and a new nearby parking structure. DLR Group provided planning, programming, and architecture services.

Awards & Recognition

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  • Merit Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado South
  • Certificate of Merit

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Justice (CAJ)
  • Merit Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Orlando
  • Gold Hard Hat Award

    McGraw Hill Colorado Construction magazine
  • Award of Excellence

    American Concrete Institute

Terry R. Harris Judicial Building

El Paso County