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United States Courthouse - Los Angeles
Project Type:
Government Courthouse, Courtrooms, Judicial Chambers
Project Location:
350 W 1st Street, #4311
Los Angeles, California 90012
USA
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Awards and Acknowledgements:
Western Pacific Region Chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) :
2017 Project of the Year
Project Summary:
The Los Angeles Federal Courthouse is a 633,000 Sq Ft facility for the General Services Administration located in downtown Los Angeles. The program includes 24 courtrooms, 32 judicial chambers and offices for the US Central District Courts of California, US Marshals Service, US Attorneys, Federal Protective Services, Federal Public Defender and the GSA. The project goals were established during the competition phase and included architectural excellence, timeless design, high sustainability, beautiful durable finishes, highly functional reliable systems, efficient layout of spaces, and bringing best value to the taxpayer. The client requirements mandated meeting the GSA 2020 energy target of 35 EUI to be verified through actual performance during the first year of operations. Decisions made by the project team addressed these objectives throughout the design process. To achieve an iconic civic identity, the building uses traditional architectural elements such as processional steps, grand public spaces and enduring natural materials. The cubic massing provides a clear identifiable form that strengthens the Civic Center core. The compact volume provides an efficient exterior wall to floor area ratio with the interior central light court acting as an organizational feature for optimizing circulation and wayfinding for the project’s complex program. Both passive and active sustainable strategies informed the design from the inception. Features include site orientation, massing optimization, responsive façade design, onsite photovoltaic power generation, displacement air delivery systems, radiant hydronic systems, dimming controls, demand control ventilation systems, water harvesting and extensive use of daylighting systems. Raising the cubic volume above the street level created a civic entry plaza allowing both visual and physical connections to the broader context of the Los Angeles Civic Center including the art deco inspired 1928 LA City Hall at its core. The ground plane design reinforces both pedestrian and public transportation networks while addressing the site topography.
(Source: AIA COTE 2018)
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2018-11-27 23:54:10
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Design and Construction Team:
SOM | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Architect, Structural Engineer, Graphics, Interior Design
Clark Construction Group
General Contractor
Psomas
Civil Engineer
AECOM
Courts Planning, LEED Consulting, Security
JENSEN HUGHES
Life Safety
STUDIO-MLA
Landscape
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Signage
Lerch Bates
Vertical Transportation
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