New United States Courthouse Competition Entry / McCarthy, Brooks + Scarpa, and HMC Architects

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The McCarthy, Brooks + Scarpa, and HMC Architects team just released their proposal for the Design Excellence/design-build competition for new courthouse in Los Angeles. Selected to compete thru the General Services Administration two-stage Design Excellence Program, the team is challenged with the approximately 550,000 sq. ft. high-rise building located at 1st and Hill Street. Aiming to be certified LEED Patinum, the design delivers functional efficiency, security, and accessibility for the Court, the U.S. Marshal Service, and the other tenants and users. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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The project is designed to accommodate a future 175,000 sq. ft. federal office building. The proposed 320 foot tall structure will save nearly 2 million gallons of water per year. Inspired by the interweaving of a grand natural arch embedded with a memory of the scales of Lady Justice who represents the allegorical personification of the moral force of our judicial systems, the proposed design symbolizes the strength, dignity and balanced fairness of the Federal Court.

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As the visitor approaches they will discover that the acanthus leaf pattern ornaments both the precast and the glazing creating a connection to the iconic Corinthian columns at the entry to the U.S. Supreme Court – are interpretation in modern materials that connects to the best traditions of American justice.

The design-build team’s collaborative effort resulted in a project that exceeds the GSA’s sustainability and energy conservation goals with proven, durable, low-maintenance strategies to deliver a LEED Platinum Courthouse.

Architects: Brooks + Scarpa and HMC Architects; Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA and Kate Diamond, FAIA, Co-Lead Designers
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
General Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.; John McRitchie: Principal-In-Charge, McCarthy
Landscape: The Olin Partnership
Civil: Psomas
Structural: Thornton Tomasetti
Blast: Thornton Tomasetti
Curtainwall: Thornton Tomasetti
Fire, Life Safety: Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. (Fire, Life Safety)
MEP: WSP Flack + Kurtz
Sustainability: WSP Built Ecology
Acoustic/Security: Waveguide
Vertical Transportation: The Schachinger Group

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "New United States Courthouse Competition Entry / McCarthy, Brooks + Scarpa, and HMC Architects" 19 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
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