Los Angeles Courthouse Receives 2017 Westside Urban Forum Design Award

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The SOM-designed United States Courthouse in Los Angeles has been honored with a 2017 Westside Urban Forum Design Award in the Public: Institutional category. Now in its third decade, Westside Urban Forum is a networking organization dedicated to the land-use dialogue impacting Los Angeles' Westside region. The annual awards program recognizes projects, programs, policies, and academic studies in Los Angeles County that demonstrate excellence in city making and community building.

Located on a prominent downtown block, the New United States Courthouse is a new civic landmark for Los Angeles. The new 10-story, 633,000-square-foot courthouse contains 24 courtrooms and 32 judicial chambers. It houses the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California, accommodates the needs of the U.S. Marshals Service, and provides trial preparation space for the U.S. Attorney's Office and Federal Public Defender.

Sustainability was a driving factor for the courthouse from the beginning. Designed to meet the GSA’s 2020 energy objective, the building was awarded LEED® Platinum certification in May 2017. It incorporates a variety of sustainable design features, including a rooftop photovoltaic array that is intended to generate 507,000 kWh of renewable energy on an annual basis.

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