Fresno County Courthouse Renovation

front of Fresno County courthouse

Superior Court of California, County of Fresno

Funded by Senate Bill 1407
Initial Funding Year: FY 2009-2010

Renovation will improve security, safety, and functionality of 45-year-old building.

Current Status
Because of significant, ongoing cuts to the judicial branch budget, this project is indefinitely delayed, based on the Judicial Council’s January 17, 2013 decision.  

Vital Statistics
Courtrooms: 25
Square footage: 200,000
Current authorized project budget: $113,348,000
More information

In anticipation of additional cost-cutting measures, all facts are subject to change.

The Superior Court of Fresno County provides criminal and family law services from the Fresno County Courthouse. This 45-year-old building is shared with the County, with the court occupying approximately 77 percent of the total space. When the renovation of the B.F. Sisk Courthouse is completed in November 2010, family court functions will move from the Fresno County Courthouse into the Sisk building. Criminal court operations will remain in the Fresno Courthouse.

The proposed renovation will improve the safety, security, and functionality of the Fresno Courthouse as the court's primary criminal court facility. The renovation will include a seismic retrofit, upgrades to mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire and life safety systems, and improvements for accessibility under the Americans With Disabilities Act. It will improve security by

  • Enhancing secure circulation for court staff and visitors;
  • Providing a single point of public entry into the building with expanded security screening; and
  • Increasing capacity for in-custody holding in appropriately sized space.

The renovation will also relieve overcrowding in space used for court administration and criminal court support operations, with improvements to space vacated when the court moves into the Sisk courthouse. This will expand the court-occupied area to 88 percent. The project provides for the consolidation of one leased space currently occupied by the facilities department, training, and probate.

Indefinite Delay

In January 2013, due to the state's fiscal crisis and continuing cuts and redirections in court construction funds, the Judicial Council decided to delay this project indefinitely, pending resolution of the state budget for fiscal year 2013-2014. More information

Architecture/Engineering Firm


Construction Manager at Risk

Plant Construction Company, LP

Subcontractor bidding

Schedule TBD

News Releases
Architect Selected (1/31/11)
Funding Authorization (3/15/10)

Historical Documents
Project Feasibility Report

Contact Info

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