Perhaps feeling a bit like Goldilocks, Franklin County Commissioners finally found the courthouse that is just right. Not atypical for any large, complex project, the final design for the new Common Pleas courthouse has been through several variations ---- one was too large (and too expensive), the next too "ugly" (plain) and this one seems to be just right.
An ardent design, budget and review process challenged and inspired architect DesignGroup, sending them back to the drawing board several times. The county commissioners like the revised design and got the final go ahead when the Downtown Commission gave it "thumbs up" at their January 15 meeting.
The approved design meets the county's $105 million budget, and returns some of the attractive glass and other architectural features the commissioners and the Downtown Commission both found desirable.
With dirt already moving, the new 300,000-square foot Common Pleas courthouse at Mound and High streets is projected to be open for business in 2010. Some think that it may be the last major civic project to be built in Columbus for several years. The new courthouse will serve the justice needs of county residents and will redefine the County complex as the southern anchor of downtown Columbus. With design leadership provided by the world renowned firm, Arquitectonica, the innovative solution reinforces the strong civic presence for the county seat of government, while providing for modern day security and future growth.
Driven by the Commissioners' mandate for sustainability, the building also incorporates the latest "green" design ideas, saving energy and dollars for years to come. And LEED certification will demonstrate the high performance features of the project.
At CMC, Commissioner Marilyn Brown will discuss the project's importance to the community, to the south end of downtown and to the county's judicial system. Mike Bird, Project Executive from Pizzuti Solutions and DesignGroup Architect David Brehm will follow with more information about the design, building process and a PowerPoint tour.
Marilyn Brown, President, Franklin County Board of Commissioners;
Mike Bird, Project Executive, Pizzuti Solutions;
David Brehm, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, DesignGroup
January 30, 2008