Yolo County Superior Courthouse

Woodland, CA

The Yolo County Superior Courthouse has been transformative for the landscape of the downtown area and harkens back to classic courthouse construction. Featuring an entrance with a set of four grand pillars in front of a spectacular two-story glass wall, the importance of the building is understood before you enter. The lobby walls, which are clad with a custom large stone system, are naturally illuminated by a massive skylight accentuating the varying depth reveals in the stone cladding. The structure is designed to separate the public from court staff and defendants awaiting their proceedings as well as to resist the progressive collapse of the structure from an explosive attack on the gravity system as mandated by the California Trial Courts Facilities Standards.

Quick Facts

  • Size: 163,000 SF
  • Architect: Fentress Architects / Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture
  • The cable-supported curtainwall system at the public entrance eliminates the need for exposed structural support typically required by a standard curtainwall system
  • Basement contains 30 separate fully-monitored holding cells
  • Construction Cost: $165,000,000
  • Contractor: Hensel Phelps
  • The building contains 14 courtrooms with holding cells just outside the courtrooms for in-custody defendants
  • The structure is supported by a foundation system of 264 auger-cast piles


  • 2017 SEAOCC Excellence in Engineering - Award of Excellence (New Construction)
  • 2016 Sacramento Business Journal Best Real Estate Projects - Best¬†Public Project
  • 2016 Western Council of Construction Consumers Significant Project Award

Photo credit: Rien van Rijthoven Photography