Santa Clara County Historic Courthouse Santa Clara, California

As a result of damage suffered in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, a rehabilitation study, programming, and renovation design were undertaken on this imposing 4‑story courthouse building, which was originally completed in 1867 in the hope of attracting the State Legislature back to San Jose.

  • Location

    Santa Clara, California

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  • Client

    County of Santa Clara

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  • Size

    44,000 SF

In order to assure that the repair would be done in the most cost-effective and expeditious manner, the design team conducted an extensive on-site assessment and analysis of the materials and building systems. As a result of this process, the project’s construction cost was reduced from the budgeted $24 million to $17 million and the project was completed on schedule, to the satisfaction of the client and the 4 separate insurance adjusters. The project also received favor from the California Historic Preservation Office by being awarded the Governor’s Historic Preservation Award as well as the Design Award in the Rehabilitation category.

Awards: 1995 Merit Award, American Institute of Architects Santa Clara Valley Chapter, 1995 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award, Office of Historic Preservation, State of California, 1995 Design Award, California Preservation Foundation Rehabilitation Category.