The Portola Courthouse was the first cross-jurisdictional courthouse to be constructed in California. Shared by the Superior Courts of Plumas and Sierra Counties, the project was ranked #1 in the Five-Year Infrastructure Plan for the Trial Courts of California. A single-story wood-framed building of approximately 7,240 SF, the building contains a column-free jury room with a high ceiling and support areas on the north, south and west sides. The building has exposed timbers and exposed steel fabricated architectural connections which required coordination with the design team. The project is located in the High Sierra, and snow loading was an important consideration in the design.
Winner: 2010 Distinguished Project Award from the Western Council of Construction Consumers.
Architect: Nacht & Lewis Architects