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SOM Presents Design of New U.S. Courthouse at Facades Conference

New United States Courthouse – Los Angeles. Photo © GSA | David Lena

On Tuesday, October 11th, SOM Design Director José​ Luis Palacios, Associate Andrew Krebs, and Senior Designer Garth Ramsey will give a presentation entitled "Integrated Curtain Wall Design: Design-Build Process of the L.A. Federal Courthouse" at the Facade Tectonics 2016 World Congress. Keith Boswell, Technical Partner in SOM's San Francisco office, will also attend the conference to moderate a discussion on the topic of acoustics.

Held in Los Angeles, the conference will include presentations, panel discussions, exhibitions and workshops addressing the theme "Face Time: The Emergence of Facade as the Integrative Factor in Holistic Building Design.​" Facade Tectonics is an organization based at the USC School of Architecture that promotes ongoing conferences, research initiatives and publications related to the building envelope.

SOM designed the facade of the recently completed United States Courthouse in response to the street grid of downtown Los Angeles, which is rotated 38 degrees from a true north–south axis. To align with the street grid, transparent panels in north- and south-facing pleats maximize daylight penetration, while opaque and semi-transparent panels in east- and west-facing pleats minimize solar thermal gain. The design reduces central plant load by nine percent and lends visual dimension to the facade.

Integrated Curtain Wall Design: Design-Build Process of the L.A. Federal Courthouse

October 11, 2016
10:30 a.m. –​ 12:00 p.m.

Sheraton Grand Hotel Los Angeles
711 S Hope Street
Los Angeles, California

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