Ogden Second District Juvenile Courthouse

Utah State Courts   Provo, UT

project size

59,000 sf

project contact

Brent Tippets, AIA




The new Fourth Judicial District Courthouse consolidates many of the district’s existing entities, including courtrooms from three outdated buildings. The new facility houses the district’s juvenile and adult court as well as many of the court’s support programs, such as the Guardian Ad Litem, Juvenile Probation and Mediation services. The building contains sixteen courtrooms over its nine floors with the possibility of expanding to a maximum build-out of twenty. Encompassing an entire city block, the courthouse has been positioned on its site to help define the urban growth of downtown Provo. 

This new building helps support the goals of the Utah State Court by providing enhanced accessibility and security to the citizens and employees of the fourth district. Visitors to the courthouse will encounter a dignified built environment which conveys the quality, permanence and stature of the court. Clear circulation and the integration of daylighting were important goals of the design team. The building’s massing has allowed for daylight to reach a majority of the courtrooms through floor to ceiling windows which also take advantage of the region’s spectacular mountain views. The building’s staff benefit from a safer inmate circulation path, secure parking, enhanced acoustic separation of spaces, a fitness center and the latest in court technology which has been carefully integrated into the building.

The Fourth Judicial District Courthouse sets a new standard for courthouse design in the state of Utah. It is a facility that has been meticulously designed and constructed to serve its community for many decades to come.