Multnomah County Central Courthouse

Multnomah County

Multnomah County Central Courthouse

Multnomah County

Multnomah County Central Courthouse

Multnomah County

Multnomah County Central Courthouse

Multnomah County

Multnomah County Central Courthouse

Multnomah County

Multnomah County Central Courthouse

Multnomah County

Multnomah County Central Courthouse

Multnomah County

Making Justice More Transparent, Open and Welcoming

Designed in collaboration with CGL Ricci Greene, the 17-story Multnomah County Central Courthouse will help transform the public's perception and experience of the region's justice system.

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A Marketplace for Justice

An open, light-filled entry lobby will communicate the open, welcoming nature of the county courts. The lobby will be animated by a café, information kiosks, directional and thematic displays, public art and a dramatic staircase that moves through the space and culminates in a majestic view of Mt. Hood and the Willamette River. Most of the building elements used by County citizens will be located in this spacious lobby, creating the feeling of an open marketplace with ready access to services.

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Symbolism in the Courthouse Design

At the heart of the design is the presence of courtrooms that are clearly visible through the glass facade of the building. Public spaces outside the courtrooms provide the building exterior with activity and dynamic energy. The next layer of the facade is glass, reinforcing the transparent nature of justice, overlaid with a regular structure that represents stability and order. The final layer of the exterior is composed of a series of panels in an irregular pattern that symbolizes the people of the county.

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Integrated Project Delivery

The Courthouse design team was co-located with the client and the contractor, Hoffman Construction, throughout the design and construction process. Working in an historic building on the site, the team developed a highly collaborative process that enabled everyone, from the engineers to the construction trade partners, to clearly understand the client's goals for the project and to work together to achieve them.