• PHOTO BY PAUL SCHLISMANN
  • PHOTO BY PAUL SCHLISMANN
  • PHOTO BY PAUL SCHLISMANN
  • PHOTO BY PAUL SCHLISMANN
  • PHOTO BY PAUL SCHLISMANN
  • PHOTO BY PAUL SCHLISMANN

Applying a thoughtful adaptive reuse approach to create a state-of-the-art new government facility.

Randall Road Branch Court and Conference Center
Kane County
Geneva, IL

Kane County selected Wight & Company to repurpose a former Montgomery Ward store as a Branch Court & Conference Center that would accommodate recently appointed judges to the 16th Judicial Circuit.  Our award-winning design is a modern interpretation of the court system with clean lines, an emphasis on multi-function uses, and extensive embedded technology to accommodate the transition to a paperless court system. 

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The new facility offers public hearing space, a traffic courtroom, a divisible training classroom and a children’s waiting area. As security is imperative, the space is open, with clear line of site from the security desk across the entry, lobby, and waiting room. 

The interior design utilizes a sophisticated color palette of muted greens with dark accents, creating a welcoming environment for the public. Additional interior elements help direct visitors from the entrance to the reception desk, the courtroom, and the clerk’s desk. Flooring, ceiling, wall and furniture selections complement each other and reinforce the design. A combination of broadloom and carpet tiles along with sustainable linoleum flooring—materials change based on function of space, but pattern and colors remain constant—create a seamless path from the waiting room down the hall to the courtroom. Inside the courtroom a similar combination of materials and colors enhance the design.

Site improvements focused on water run-off quality and energy efficiency. LED site lighting delivers more uniform light spread using 60 percent less energy.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2012 Honorable Mention, Vision Design Award
  • 2011 Design Award, Adaptive Reuse, AIA NEI Chapter