New United States Courthouse in Los Angeles Receives USGBC Sustainable Innovation Award

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The New United States Courthouse in Los Angeles was honored at the Sustainable Innovation Awards, hosted by the United States Green Building Council's Los Angeles chapter. The organization awarded outstanding projects in a variety of categories at its annual Green Gala on Thursday, November 30th. The SOM-designed courthouse received an Honor Award in the Energy and Atmosphere category.

Located in the Civic Center neighborhood of Los Angeles, the courthouse houses the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California. The building also accommodates the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Federal Public Defender.

Sustainability was a driving factor in the design of the courthouse. The building includes a rooftop photovoltaic array that is intended to generate 507,000 kWh of renewable energy on an annual basis. Perhaps the most visible sustainable design feature is the pleated facade, which helps reduce annual solar radiation load by 47 percent and decreases central plant load by 9 percent. The courthouse achieved LEED® Platinum certification and meets the GSA’s 2020 energy objective.