As part of its mission to support a more sustainable government, GSA has broken ground on a green and cost-effective new U.S. Courthouse in Los Angeles. The project will create jobs and recognize substantial savings for the American taxpayer through the construction of an innovative, state-of-the-art courthouse. This project is a major milestone for both GSA and the U.S. Courts. Together we have worked closely to create a viable redevelopment plan to address long-term security and functional needs that the current facility can’t provide. Once completed, the U.S. Courthouse will house the U.S. District Court, Central District of California; meet related needs of the U.S. Marshals Service; and provide trial preparation space for the U.S. Attorneys’ Office and the Federal Public Defender.
The design of the courthouse, referred to as the “Cube” because of its shape, will provide the necessary space for the Los Angeles District Court and the public it serves. It includes an innovative structural engineering concept that allows the courthouse volume to appear to float over its stone base. The building will feature high efficiency systems, water-efficient fixtures, and advanced irrigation systems meeting energy and water conservation goals. With these and other sustainability features, the new courthouse will not only conserve critical resources and protect our environment, but also realize energy cost savings for years to come.
The new U.S. Courthouse project will not only contribute to the ongoing revival of the Civic Center, it will also help boost the city’s economy by creating new jobs in the construction industry and providing opportunities for local small businesses.
For additional details about GSA’s Los Angeles Courthouse groundbreaking and building renderings see www.gsa.gov/r9news.