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Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse illuminated in the evening from within, a brick building with winding sidewalk to entry
Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse

Centralized Courthouse Design Serves the Community

Client

KBE Building Corporation

Project Location

Torrington, CT

Area

184,000 SF

Completed

2018

The new Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse is a judge’s dream 45 years in the making. Like all civic buildings, the new facility represents the community and reaffirms that justice is available to all and that the courts are for everyone.

Designed as a 75- to 100-year building, the complex marries art and function, centralizing roles previously dispersed throughout the county. The courthouse now houses courts for juvenile, criminal, family, and civil matters, as well as offices for probation officers, district attorneys, and other court support functions under one roof.

Our design integrates the site aesthetically into the existing context of the surrounding neighborhood, reflecting a traditional courthouse with a colonnade and clock/stair tower. Its cast stone and brick exterior make a respectful addition to the local community while creating a clear and dignified presence of justice. Natural light floods the main entry lobby and provides a welcoming civic environment for the visiting public. In all, the project took 31 months to complete, from the start of design through substantial completion. The building is designed to the state of Connecticut’s high-performance building standards.

Awards

2018 Project Team of the Year

Connecticut Building Congress

2018 New Construction Project, First Place

Connecticut Building Congress

2018 Justice Facilities Review Award of Merit

AIA Justice Facility Review

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