Ratcliff completed a one year study with a major Building Evaluation Report and Program Phase for the renovation of the Fresno County Main Courthouse. Fresno Main, built in 1965, currently houses 28 courtrooms and has numerous deficiencies relative to security, in-custody holding, circulation, courtroom operations and deferred maintenance. These conditions significantly hinder the superior court’s ability to provide accessible and efficient court proceedings to users.
The study recommended proposed improvements to the building’s primary functional issues, including reorganizing space to be vacated in the building to enable the state to safely operate the courthouse as the Fresno Superior Court’s main criminal courthouse. The proposed project entailed the reorganization of administrative and support spaces; consolidating leased space currently occupied by the facilities department, training, and probate; and providing appropriately-sized space that functionally meets the needs of the court. The project scope also encompasses a complete seismic retrofit, upgrade of all building systems as well as necessary restoration activities to the exterior and grounds of this Mid Century Modern high-rise structure – as it approaches eligibility for protection under CEQA.