Kings County Courthouse

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Superior Court of California, County of Kings
Hanford, CA

Complementing the contemporary architecture of the courthouse, the landscape design comprises a geometric pattern planting arrangement with linear paving patterns and modern site furnishings. The landscape design includes stormwater detention and water quality basins located throughout the site which contributed to its LEED Silver certification. Within the main entry plaza, terraced seat walls retain grades surrounding the front basin, creating spaces for lunchtime gatherings. Within the basin, smooth pebbles and large boulders create a tranquil environment and appearance. Dry creek beds and “arroyos” of ornamental grasses collect, retain, and filter onsite stormwater. Flowing masses of shrubs, grasses and groundcover with contrasting foliage, form/texture, and color accent the various planting areas. These plantings create a varied arrangement of seasonal appeal surrounding the building and public spaces. Principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) were applied in the landscape to enhance overall site security and public safety. Tree locations and plant material heights allow for clear lines of sight in and out of the building, along pedestrian walkways and for security camera viewing angles.