Solano County, Old Solano Courthouse Renovation

Solano Courthouse

Superior Court of California, County of Solano

580 West Texas Street, Fairfield, CA

Funded by Senate Bill 1407

Initial Funding Year: FY 2009-2010

Renovation will restore the 1911 historic courthouse to active use

Current Status
This project is in construction with a current expected completion date of 3 Q 2014.

Vital Statistics
Courtrooms: 3
Square footage: 29,930
Current authorized project budget:   
     State contribution--approximately $26 million
     Total project (state and county)--$29,613,000
More information
The Superior Court of California, County of Solano operates out of three facilities, two in downtown Fairfield. The court lacks adequate space for all of its judicial officers. A recent renovation of the Fairfield Law and Justice Center only partially addressed the court's need for space.

For this reason, the AOC is undertaking a renovation of the historic Old Solano Courthouse in Fairfield. The courthouse, designed by E.C. Hemmings, is an outstanding example of Beaux Arts architecture expressed in a civic building. The 1911 building served as a functioning courthouse until the 1970s. It became vacant in 2005, when the County moved to its new government center.

Renovation will restore this beautiful, historic building to use as a fully functioning courthouse, providing three courtrooms under new judgeships for civil cases. The project includes:

  • Renovation of the first floor for one courtroom and clerks' areas;
  • Restoration of two courtrooms and chambers on the second floor; and
  • Seismic and related infrastructure upgrades of all systems in the 29,900 square-foot building.

The County donated the Old Solano Courthouse property to the state at no cost. The building does not have landmark status; however, the state, county, and court team have approached the project with sensitivity to a thoughtful restoration to modern use while preserving the building's classic features. Construction work on the renovation commenced in spring 2013. 

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Compliance

The AOC complied with CEQA by filing a categorical exemption for this project on October 8, 2009.

Solano County Groundbreaking Ceremony

Architecture/Engineering Firm

Hornberger + Worstell

Construction Manager at Risk

Plant Construction

Contact Info

Judicial Council of California
Capital Program

455 Golden Gate Avenue, 8th Floor
San Francisco, California

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