The United States Courthouse provided much needed expansion space for the district and magistrate courts and other related federal agencies, while also addressing the considerable security concerns that arose following the Oklahoma City bombing. The facility includes three basic functional elements: courtroom/judicial suites with court support spaces, court agencies office space, and lobby/entry screening components. Each functional grouping presents highly specialized requirements unique to their operations, yet also provides for safe and convenient internal linkages. Most notable of these is the necessity to provide for three separate circulation systems for the public, defendants in custody, and a private zone for judges, juries, and staff.
The building was sited to respond to the rich architectural character of historic downtown and designed into a low, three-story mass to reflect the neighborhood context. The use of simple yet powerful monumental forms, elegantly detailed, express the permanence and dignity of the U.S. Court system.
- Type of Construction: New Construction
- Size: 147,956 SF (13,746 m2)
- Professional Services: Alternative Facility Analysis, Architecture, Engineering, Programming
- Project Components: Courtroom, Grand Jury Suite, Judges' Chambers, Jury Assembly Space, Office Space
- Project Type: Courthouse
- Related Projects: Architecture, Courts, Federal Architecture, Justice