Jefferson County Courts129 SW E Street
Madras, OR 97741
Design Achievement - The site planning for the new Jefferson County Courthouse responds to the local context and regional geologic and natural surroundings. The site is located at the edge of the civic area of downtown and City Hall to one side and residential neighborhoods to the other. DLR Group’s design responds to the transitional quality of the site by locating highly public functions facing city hall and more private office areas facing the residences, while the main entry connects to an existing public plaza serving Madras City Hall. All of the courtrooms have been elevated within the building to the second floor in order to bring direct natural daylight into the courtrooms. The high clerestory windows for the courtrooms also invoke the natural landforms of the area.
Scope Summary - The scope of work for this project includes approximately 67,000 SF for the new Jefferson County Courthouse. The lobby and entry have been designed to provide direct views out for security and supervision from one point. A drop-off area and new parking lot to the east of the new courthouse are located along the existing City Hall access road. Strategic views to the outside such as the judge’s ability to see the sky from his/her bench and long corridors which end at full-height windows provide a day-lit connection for the public. The interior circulation provides a constant separation of travel paths between visitors, court staff and in-custody defendants. All of the courtrooms have been elevated within the building to the second floor in order to bring in direct natural daylight into the courtrooms. The courthouse was also designed to accommodate future expansion. DLR Group provided programming, architecture; mechanical, electrical and structural engineering; and interiors services.