SFS Architecture

Sustainable Design

Christopher S. Bond U.S. Courthouse

Jefferson City, MO

Courthouse design utilizes BIM, achieves LEED Gold sustainability certification and timeless, iconic aesthetic


Create a U.S. Courthouse design that achieves high levels of sustainability, the federal government’s Design Excellence Program standards and a grand aesthetic as a signature civic building.


Based on space requirements provided by the U.S. Courts, Attorneys, Marshals and the General Services Administration, the design team worked through numerous design charrettes, LEED workshops, peer reviews, value engineering workshops and meetings to address specific building aspects, and used Building Information Modeling (BIM) throughout the process to aid the owner in making design decisions.


The new courthouse achieves LEED Gold Certification for sustainability by incorporating a green roof, materials re-use and energy performance optimization. The design embraces its site on a scenic bluff top overlooking the Missouri River – previously a brownfield area. Its prominence as a noble piece of civic architecture in the community will make it the cornerstone of a new public square. The interiors reflect the facility’s overall grandeur, with high-end finishes and furnishings throughout the building.

Awards & Publications

Honorable Mention - Government and Public Buildings, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute
Design Awards

Honorable Mention - Justice and Correctional, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Design Awards

Ascent - Spring 2013, Veneers - Tradition Meets High Performance

“Your effort has resulted in a courthouse of the highest quality, completed ahead of schedule and under budget. We can all be proud of this achievement. Congratulations!”
– George Gourse
Project Manager, General Services Administration