Upon its unveiling in 2010, the Lindsey Flanigan Courthouse in downtown Denver was hailed as an architectural masterpiece.
The Denver Post praised the building for its “angular, glass-curtain wall façade,” noting that it was a perfect “self-actualized, 21st century home for the city’s courts.”
The five-story structure, located at 520 West Colfax Avenue, was also singled out for its energy-efficiency features, including the recycled materials that went into its construction, and the water-efficient landscaping surrounding it.
Measuring 317,000 square feet, the courthouse, with 35 individual courtrooms, has been the home to both the state and county criminal courts, as well as the city’s regional courts.
Now, plans have been announced for a build-out of the structure, which will allow for six more courtrooms, not to mention a judge’s chamber with restrooms, jury deliberation rooms with restrooms, conference and visitation rooms, as well as holding areas with cells.
It is thought that the build-out of the structure could cost anywhere from $3.4 million to $3.8 million to complete.
In keeping with the precise architectural details of the original structure, the courtroom work will see both acoustic wall treatments as well as custom millwork.
A construction schedule for the build-out has not yet been announced.
The Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse is part of the larger Denver Justice Center complex.
By Garry Boulard