The project exemplifies sustainable preservation. It includes the restoration of historic volumes and finishes within both public and work spaces. Innovative building systems are incorporated to allow the building's prominent spaces to be preserved and showcased, while drastically reducing energy consumption. The modernization provides contemporary design that promotes public interaction. Exterior upgrades and roof replacement featuring Energy Star membrane and photovoltaic arrays are sensitively designed to be compatible with historic assets. New design elements compliment preserved historic features while remaining clearly distinguished from them.
Originally designed under U.S. Treasury Department supervising architect James Wetmore, the Aspinall was first constructed as a U.S. Post Office and Courthouse in 1918. In 1939, a substantial addition extended the building to the east. The three story multiuse building houses the U.S. District Courts and various federal agencies.