SFS Architecture


Wichita U.S. Courthouse

Wichita, KS

Courthouse restoration/renovation preserves historic character, enhances energy performance and sustainability


Analyze an existing historic courthouse to design and administer restoration/renovations to the exterior and interior, including upgrades to improve energy performance, to preserve and enhance the building as a civic landmark.


Working with the General Services Administration, SFS conducted comprehensive building analyses to study options, feasibility and costs of replacing aging mechanical/distribution systems and controls. Evaluation goals were to determine optional systems while minimizing impact to building tenants and architecturally significant spaces, and to retrofit the existing courthouse to a High Performance Green Building.


The massive project included courtroom and judge’s chamber renovations, energy use studies, exterior restoration/renovation, elevator restoration, a security fence at the staff parking lot and replacement of mechanical and electrical equipment to upgrade the HVAC system. The original bronze elevator doors, controls and hall indicators were replicated and existing corridor/hall light fixtures were replaced. Glazing in all windows was replaced with insulated glazing units, and stone cleaning, tuck pointing and repair were performed at each façade and the entry stairs.