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New U.S. Courthouse in Downtown LA Helps Strengthen Civic Center Identity

Image © GSA | David Lena

Source: DTLA Rising

I can’t believe it’s finally done! And I’m not just talking about the three years it took to finish building the newest — and might I add, very striking — edifice now added proudly to Downtown LA’s expansive Civic Center...

Yesterday, I joined a group of other media outlets for a special tour of the US Courthouse... The tour group was led by both the US General Services Administration (GSA) and the building’s architects from SOM who introduced to us the environmentally friendly features of the courthouse. The more obvious feature of the soaring central light-well, that spans from the top of the building 220 feet above all the way to the lobby floor, provides ample natural lighting that reduces electricity consumption. This is in addition to the 1,672 serrated window panels that wrap around the building in a north-south orientation that not only maximize daylight but also reduce solar heat by 47 percent according to architect Craig Hartman from SOM.

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