For twelve weeks during my fourth year, I was given the opportunity to try traditional design. For the program, I chose to re-create the appellate courthouse that is located Elgin, Illinois and to relocate it to a more down-town location. Part of the studio focus was on new urbanism, so I combined the courthouse, a building used by a select few, with some urbanistic principals in order to create a more active space. This included master site-planning and the addition of a new city square to front the courthouse. The plan also provided for the addition of some mixed-use shopping venues built into the exterior fabric of the courthouse. Another part of this project was to incorporate and explore sustainable technology. By using a a pre-cast concrete structural system, the new court house would have good thermal mass for cooling and warming. Natural daylighting was also a focus as the building would make use of interior light wells that would not only bring in light, but also help with cross-ventilation.