AKA: US Federal Court, Eastern District of California Courthouse #1, Fresno, CA; Superior Court of California, County of Fresno, Sisk, B.F., Courthouse, Fresno, CA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - courthouses

Designers: Allen Lew and William Patnaude, Incorporated, Architects (firm); Lew, Allen Yuen, Architect (firm); Rutherford and Chekene, Engineers (firm); SmithGroup, Incorporated (firm); Chekene (civil engineer); Theodore Davis (architect); Michael Nolan (architect); Rebecca Nolan (interior designer); Rutherford (civil engineer)

Dates: constructed 1967

5 stories, total floor area: 192,000 sq. ft.

1130 O Street
Fresno, CA 93721-2220

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A Judicial Council of California Fact Sheet of 10/2006 indicated: "Originally constructed in 1967 as a federal building and courthouse, the building was vacated by the federal government after the Robert E. Coyle United States Courthouse was completed in the last decade. The five-story building formerly housed 8 federal courtrooms, chambers, and federal justice agencies. The building keeps its former name to honor the visionary public service of Bernice Frederic Sisk (December 14, 1910–October 25, 1995), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California’s 12th Congressional District, 1955–1963." (See "Fact Sheet: Improving Trial Court Facilities: Fresno B. F. Sisk Courthouse,"Accessed 02/17/2011.)

Tel: 559.457.2000 (2012).

The United States Federal Court sold the facility to Fresno County in 09/2007 for $1. The Superior Court of Fresno County took over the facility to "Provide [it] with appropriate and accessible court space for complex civil and family law and related support spaces for the public and court staff." (See "Fact Sheet: Improving Trial Court Facilities: Fresno B. F. Sisk Courthouse,"Accessed 02/17/2011.) The renovation program transformed the former Federal Courthouse's eight spaces used as courtrooms, judicial chambers and justice agencies into 15 courtrooms (with space for another if needed), in a total of 192,000 square feet. The building, formerly known as the Formerly the B.F. Sisk Federal Building was renamed the "B.F. Sisk Courthouse," and would house six different county divisions located previously in five separate buildings. Alterations were funded by the Trial Court Facilities Act of 2002, and took place between 07/2008 and 09/2010. (The project was completed on time.) The renovated facility opened on 11/22/2010 at a cost of $70.9 million ($58 million of which was to pay construction costs). Architects for the renovation were SmithGroup of San Francisco, CA, with Allen Lew and William Patnaude Architects of Fresno, CA. Turner Construction Company served as the Building Contractor. Rutherford and Chekene, Structural Engineers were also involved in this project.

PCAD id: 6140