The renovation of the historic, 1800s Columbian Building in downtown Lancaster transformed this iconic building into the Fairfield County’s Municipal Court Building. The project scope included a complete restoration of the existing facade, including rebuilding the parapet peaks and turret roof structure, a repurposing of the existing three floors and basement, as well as a small addition to the rear of the building. The new Municipal Court Building now includes three courtrooms, judges’ chambers, offices for probation, prosecution, the city clerk, a drug testing facility, pretrial services, a public lobby and other court support services. Additionally, it includes new millwork and heating, cooling, lighting, communications, security and power systems and accessories.

Elford worked closely with the owner, architect and engineering teams to assess the conditions of the building and to make it structurally sound. In addition to the exterior and interior renovations, the scope of work included site improvements, renovations to the existing parking lot, alley access and new lighting, relocation of existing building utility services and connection to the existing sanitary and storm sewer systems.