Comal County Landa Annex Courts Addition & Renovation

Comal County Landa Annex front entrance HDR

Comal County Landa Annex Courts Addition & Renovation

Expanding for Court Growth While Preserving the Past

The Comal County Landa Annex Courts project is a phased renovation in downtown New Braunfels, expanding the capacity of the District and County Courts to meet their growing needs. Originally slated as a renovation of the two Annex courtrooms, a feasibility study captured the need of a third courtroom and expanded space for current and projected growth. HDR was tasked with the challenge of finding solutions that would give a valid 10-20 year expansion to the courts without building a significant amount of new square footage. The neighboring Landa building became a prime candidate to accommodate for the expansion.

Sitting proudly in the downtown square, the Landa building is situated adjacent to the historic New Braunfels Courthouse. Originally constructed as a bank, the Landa building is a prime example of mid-century architectural design. With expansion into the Landa building, it was important to the team to retain and celebrate the building’s original architectural details, both inside and out. 

Highlighting the original details, the main public circulation outside the courtrooms in the Landa building was planned to accentuate the existing coffered wood ceilings. The historic bonded brass elevator cab doors and brick detailing have been retained, showcasing the skill of craft from this time period. A large number of punched ceramic pendant light fixtures, hand-crafted by a local artist, originally hung in the large 10’x10’ second level coffered ceilings. With the reallocation of space, the pendant lights will take on a new role and are now displayed as works of art on lit pedestals at the end of each courtroom corridor. 

Additional features of the Landa renovation:

  • 36,000 SF of renovated space
  • 1,600 SF infill of a two story lobby space, capturing additional square footage on the second floor
  • Two new County Courts and Judges chambers
  • Secure holding spaces for defendants in custody
  • Replacement of interior partitions, MEP systems, data, AV and security upgrades          

The completion of the Landa Building and the relocation of its tenants will free up space in the adjacent Annex for the commencement of its 17,600 SF renovation.

The Annex court building renovation will provide:

  • New office areas on the first and second floors
  • Improvements to County Clerk space, restrooms, public space
  • Expanded and more functional security screening area  
  • 6,000 SF renovated space on the third floor to accommodate four courtrooms:
    two new District Courtrooms and the renovation of two existing District Courtrooms.
  • The District Attorney’s office will relocate to the Landa building allowing for the expanded space for the District Clerk.
Comal County Landa Annex front entrance HDR
Comal County

New Braunfels, TX
United States

51,00 SF (4,740 m²)