Franklin County Court of Common Pleas
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The Franklin County Court of Common Pleas is an exciting and vibrant addition to downtown Columbus. The new 350,000 SF LEED Gold facility has a capacity of thirty-two courtrooms, and accommodates both criminal and civil courts. Two of the courtrooms are designed to accommodate large public trials and have integrated facilities for the media.

The design approach maximizes cost and functional efficiency by organizing the building into six courtrooms per floor, arranged in trios around a central core of holding cells with a secure elevator and corridor. The elevator core is also designed to separate the public areas between civil and criminal courts. The design scheme also allows for future courts expansion.

The building is a collaborative design between RicciGreene Associates, Arquitectonica, and Design Group Architects, with RicciGreene responsible for programming, planning and courtroom design.