2017 Design Award
Randolph County Courthouse Huntsville, Missouri
N-FORM Architecture, LLC
General Contractor: Little Dixie Construction
Photographer: Architectural Imageworks, LLC
The Randolph County Courthouse is a 33,000 s.f. addition to the existing county justice facility containing the administrative offices of the Assessor, Circuit Clerk, Collector, Commission, Coroner, County Clerk, Judges, Juvenile, Prosecuting Attorney, Public Administrator, Recorder of Deeds and Treasurer. Portions of the existing justice facility were renovated to accommodate an additional courtroom and courts support spaces. Additionally, a new entrance to the Sheriff's office was added to the west side of the existing building.
The initial design challenge was to plan a large administrative addition to a single story building that had to remain operational during construction. The solution was to build a three story structure in front of the existing facility, giving a modern face to the Randolph County Courthouse while also aiding in construction phasing. The two facilities were then connected by a large public corridor that doubles as a public waiting area during court days.
The facility was designed to create a more secure environment for the citizens of Randolph County visiting the courthouse. There is one secure public entrance and exit where visitors entering the facility must go through security screening. Additionally, the public, jury members, judges and in-custody defendants are properly separated in the facility through the design of secure corridors and holding areas. Prior to this project, different building users would often encounter one another and there was no adequate screening area.