The new Pueblo County Courthouse opened as one of Pueblo's significant civic structures and a jewel in the Colorado Judicial system. DLR Group's design replaces an aging 60's courthouse, re-energizing the downtown's commercial district, serving as a symbol of Pueblo's earlier history, and recalling its cultural heritage and vitality. The selected site in Pueblo was an abandoned railway route and required environmental cleanup, which was completed by the County during early design stages. Sustainable features for the facility include lighting control systems, evaporative cooling and heating and cooling controllability, urban brownfield site redevelopment and alternative transportation.
The 182,350 SF five-story building houses 16 district, ceremonial and first appearance magistrate courtrooms along with Clerk of Court, jury assembly and county probation offices. The secure basement level includes central holding and booking. The new judicial facility will provide more space and additional courtrooms to the County, and incorporates memorable goals for the center including creation of a high performance facility, daylighting for all spaces, and an open and inviting balance between function and civic presence, with an iconic look. DLR Group provided architecture services.