Franklin County Courthouse

Franklin County Courthouse

Columbus, OH

Owner
Franklin County
Construction Manager
Gilbane, Inc.
Architects
DesignGroup, Architectonica, Ricci Greene
Completion Date
2011
Construction Cost
$105 million
LEED Certification
LEED Gold

Located in the historic River South District of Columbus, the Franklin County Courthouse represents the American justice system for the citizens of Franklin County. The 350,000-square-foot facility is at the northwest corner of High and Mound streets. It replaced the 1970s-built county courthouse, which was located across the street. The design team was awarded LEED Gold certification for the project, making it one of the first green-built county courthouses in Ohio. The complex includes sharp-angled, contemporary designs with seven-stories of glass walls, as well as grand corridors that offer a spectacular view. Included in the amenities of the structure are 30 common pleas courtrooms, 10 magistrate rooms, a coffee shop, office spaces, and a sunlit waiting room for jurors.

Working with a fast-track construction schedule, the project team encountered some challenges with the availability of materials, which necessitated early delivery of structural drawings to facilitate ordering steel early. The design team also had to coordinate exterior column locations in advance to correspond with the fa├žade of the building. Additionally, the project required collaboration to construct a mechanical penthouse on the roof.