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SOM's Shimmering White Cube for the LA Federal Courthouse Wins Award
The new Los Angeles Federal Courthouse will be designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and it will feature state-of-the-art sustainable design. Announced just this week, the US General Services Administration awarded the contract for the new project on Broadway street to the SF office of SOM. Although details are skant, the shimmering white cube will provide 550,000 square feet of space with updated security compared to the current Spring Street facility. The GSA, which is in charge of the process, is also looking for proposals to renovate the existing courthouse and use the sale of the building to finance construction.
SOM competed against Yazdani Studio and Gruen Associates with Hensel Phelps; Brooks + Scarpa and HMC Architects with McCarthy; and NBBJ with Mortensen to land the award to design and build LA’s new federal courthouse. To be located on a currently empty site at 107 S. Broadway, the project will contain 550,000 square feet of new courtrooms, and provide space for active and senior judges of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and U.S. Marshals Service.
The project will be a sustainable, cost-effective, state-of-the-art court facility that includes security upgrades that are not available in the current 312 North Spring Street courthouse. “GSA is committed to reducing the federal government’s real estate footprint by making more efficient use of our current properties and getting rid of outdated facilities that no longer meet our needs,” said GSA Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini. “The agency is taking a new approach to property disposals by working with the private sector to exchange outdated properties for the construction of new sustainable facilities.” Construction is expected to begin in late 2013 and should be completed by 2016. The GSA hopes to revamp the old facilities and sell it to help finance the new project and they are currently accepting proposals for this renovation.
Images Courtesy of GSA
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