The Christopher S. Bond U.S. Courthouse is a 118,000-square-foot facility overlooking the Missouri River from the bluff land formerly occupied by the historic Missouri State Penitentiary. The courthouse is named for the former U.S. Senator from Missouri and houses Western District of Missouri 8th Circuit Court.
The prominent site location transitions from a formal entry court surrounded by Accolade Elm to a naturalized upland savanna prairie setting, restoring the ecological connection to the Missouri River valley. Landscape elements utilized a native plant palette to ensure the vegetation is highly-adapted with minimal water requirements.
A green stormwater approach was achieved through the use of a system of smaller bioretention basins that filter stormwater runoff before it eventually flows into a larger slow-release retention pond on both sides of the site. The landscape subdrainage system collects infiltrated stormwater from landscape areas and directs that water to the reconstructed wetland cells. JBC provided full landscape architectural services for this LEED Gold certified facility.