U.S. Courthouse - Austin Wins Three National Awards
We are happy to share that the U.S. Federal Courthouse - Austin is the recent recipient of three awards: a 2016 American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, a 2016 Justice Facilities Review Design Award from the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) and a 2016 AIA South Atlantic Region (SAR) Design Award.
The courthouse was designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects. Page provided Architectural Design Input, MEP and Civil Engineering, and LEED documentation for the building. The 227,350-square-foot, eight-story plus basement structure houses five District Courtrooms, three Magistrate Courtrooms, Jury Assembly and Joint-use Facilities, as well as associated areas for the District Clerk, U.S. Probation, U.S. Pretrial, U.S. Marshall’s Services, U.S Attorney, Federal Public Defender, and the General Services Administration. The design has also provided for expansion strategies as per the 30-year program requirements.
LEED Silver-certified, Page provided energy modeling studies for the building, New water lines, wastewater lines, and communication duct banks were designed in the boundary of the courthouse and extending in the adjacent streets. Page worked with the City of Austin and Parks stakeholders to coordinate the closure of San Antonio Street for use as a plaza and connect to Republic Square Park adjacent to the new courthouse. Significant effort was expended to mitigate any potential harm to the Auction Oaks in the park. Streets were widened, pavers were installed, and security apparatus were accommodated in the right of way.
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