The new United States Courthouse in Los Angeles received a National Award of Merit in the Design-Build Institute of America's (DBIA's) 2017 Design-Build Project/Team Awards. The building won in the combined Federal/State/County/Municipal category. The DBIA competition showcases best practices in design-build and celebrates the achievements of owners and design-build teams in 10 categories across the spectrum of horizontal and vertical construction. Additionally, the courthouse has been nominated for the Design-Build National Awards of Excellence, which will be announced on November 9th, 2017.
The design of the courthouse is both modern in spirit and rooted in classic principles of federal architecture. The 10-story building incorporates traditional architectural elements such as processional steps, grand public spaces, and enduring materials to achieve a strong civic identity. An innovative structural engineering concept “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 optimized each building system to promote efficient use, operations, and maintenance, and deliver a building of the highest 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.