Design-Build Institute of America Names Los Angeles Courthouse Project of the Year

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The Western Pacific Region chapter of the Design-Build Institute of American (DBIA) recognized the New United States Courthouse in Los Angeles as 2017 Project of the Year. The DBIA chapter's annual awards program honors projects in California, Nevada, Hawaii, and Arizona that exemplify the principles of interdisciplinary teamwork, innovation, and problem solving that characterize design-build delivery. The Los Angeles courthouse was designed by SOM and built by Clark Construction Group.

A new civic landmark in Los Angeles, the courthouse was driven by practical concerns and rooted in principles of design excellence. The 10-story structure utilizes an innovative concept that “floats” the cubic volume of the courthouse over an open space, while responding to seismic and other performance requirements. The building, which features a serrated facade that maximizes views while reducing solar heat gain by nearly 50 percent, was awarded LEED® Platinum certification in May 2017.

By working in an integrated manner, the design-build team behind the Los Angeles courthouse optimized each building system to promote efficient use, operations, and maintenance and deliver a building of the highest level of value. The courthouse was designed by SOM in collaboration with Clark Construction Group. Additional collaborating firms included: Syska Hennessey Group, South Coast Engineering Group, AECOM, Mia Lehrer + Associates, PSOMAS, Applied Research Associates, Jensen Hughes, HLB Lighting Design, Lerch Bates, Newson Brown Accoustics, Page/Dyal Branding & Graphics, Cini-Little International, AA Architecture Interior Planning, Giovannin D’Angiolo, Allegion, PLC, and Haley & Aldrich.