The AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice recognized two SOM projects in the 2018 Justice Facilities Review Awards. The program calls attention to strategies for the implementation of sustainable justice principles, and innovative approaches to the design and construction of justice facilities in the United States. Projects chosen as award recipients demonstrate quality of form, functionality, and current architectural responses to complex justice design issues.
The awards program recognizes projects for Citation or publication in Justice Facilities Review 2018. The Citation is awarded to projects that meet each of the seven named essential characteristics of justice facility design: functionality; security and safety; technology and accessibility; community impact; sustainability and economic feasibility; longevity; and aesthetic achievement. The publication category highlights exemplary or emerging practices in the justice sector. In this year's awards, four recipients received a Citation and 11 were selected for publication.
The Superior Court of California in San Diego, a project for the Judicial Council of California's Administrative Office, received a Citation. The project consolidates San Diego County’s criminal trial, family, and civil courts into a 25-story tower. The courthouse includes a podium clad in precast concrete, as well as a public plaza. Located on a former brownfield, the project is designed as a catalyst for an emerging government district.
The New United States Courthouse in Los Angeles, a project for the General Services Administration, was selected for publication. The 10-story, 633,000-square-foot building occupies a spot on a prominent block in the city's Civic Center neighborhood. With a design that is both modern in spirit and rooted in classic principles of federal architecture, the courthouse holds 24 courtrooms and 32 judicial chambers.