Courthouse Construction and Renovation

Jurisdictions undertake the improvement of their judicial facilities for a variety of reasons:

  • Growth and/or changes in the court's workload.
  • Need for building repairs and alterations.
  • Inappropriateness of existing spaces or systems to meet current needs.
  • New services or programs.
  • Changes to the court’s organization or jurisdiction.

   Once a courthouse is constructed,

its operation reflects the choices

deliberate or inadvertent -

made during planning and design.

McLean County, North Dakota Courthouse Drawing



Project Phases and Tasks




  • Pre-Bid Conferences
  • Submission of Bids
  • Bid Evaluation and Award



  • Staff Assignments
  • Operational Policies
  • Special Training

Planning and Design Issues

While Planning and Design are unique phases of the overall process to build and occupy a courthouse, many of the tasks take place concurrently.

Essential activities and considerations that may occur in either or both of the Planning and Design phases include: 


McLean County, North Dakota Courthouse