The landscape surrounding the new Shasta County Courthouse creates a sustainable and balanced composition of outdoor spaces that complement the Courthouse, while addressing the specific daily functions of the Courts and security concerns. Inspiration for the design was drawn from Shasta County’s robust agriculture and timber industries, as well as its native grasslands and high elevation forest landscapes.
Programmed spaces include a large entry courtyard composed of decomposed granite and deciduous trees planted in rows that provide shade in the hot summers and allow filtered sunlight and windbreaks in the cool winters. Linear bioswale planters and modular benches offer a variety of areas for users to sit and enjoy the space, while bioswales assist in capturing and filtering rainwater on site. On the south-east corner of the site, a stand of the existing 50-60-foot-tall conifer trees have been preserved and enhanced with additional conifers and native understory shrubs.