Plumas/Sierra Counties, Plumas/Sierra Regional Courthouse

Photo of Plumas/Sierra Counties, Plumas/Sierra Regional Courthouse

Completion Date: 4th Qtr 2009
Occupancy Date: December 7, 2009
Gross Square Footage: 6,500
Total Courtrooms: 1
Authorized Project Budget: $5,978,000
Architectural/Engineering Firm: Nacht & Lewis Architects
Contractor: SW Allen Construction
Fund: Senate Bill 1732
Initial Funding Year: FY 2006–2007

Plumas/Sierra Counties, Plumas/Sierra Regional Courthouse

Built to serve the needs of both Plumas and Sierra Superior Courts, the Portola-Loyalton Courthouse is the first multi-jurisdictional courthouse built in the state. It is also the first trial court project to be fully financed and managed from start to finish by the Judicial Council.

The courthouse, which replaced a deficient part-time courthouse in Portola and a leased court service center in Loyalton, was designed to provide justice for both communities, which are often isolated in the winter because of snow.

The project was completed on budget and ahead of schedule in December 2009. The project team overcame significant schedule hurdles to get the project out to bid in time for construction to commence before the onset of winter weather. The architecture firm accelerated its schedule by 100 working days, and the building floor slab was poured and secured for the weather the day before the snow fell. These actions eliminated a delay of approximately eight months in the construction schedule.

The Portola courthouse is jointly run by court officers from both Plumas and Sierra counties and is equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual systems which may be utilized for remote trials.


Contact Info

Judicial Council of California
Facilities Services

455 Golden Gate Avenue
8th Floor
San Francisco, California