Tarrant County Northwest Sub-Courthouse

Fort Worth, TX


  • Municipal


  • electrical engineering
  • mechanical / plumbing engineering


  • 61,750 SF

BHB provided MEP engineering design for a new three-story, $13 million Sub-Courthouse. The 61,750 SF facility includes a satellite courtroom with an associated support area, administrative offices and a 911 dispatch center for Tarrant County.

The project achieved LEED Gold certification. The implementation of sustainable design on this project is anticipated to reduce the annual energy consumption by 14.58 percent, resulting in an annual cost savings of 11.31 percent on energy bills. Sustainable design features include low water consumption plumbing fixtures, native Texas landscape design, capillary irrigation system, sun shading devices, superior glazing system and building envelope design, as well as a high performance HVAC system.

The project design also included utilization of solar water heat, water source heat pump design for supplemental heating, light harvesting for energy savings and rain water harvesting for a drip subsoil irrigation system. The power engineering design for the new 911 dispatch center included installation of two new uninterruptible power systems and associated panelboards backed up by an emergency generator.

Key People

  • Mark Arnold, LEED AP

  • Richard J. Watters, PE