New United States Federal Courthouse in Downtown Los Angeles

Rendering courtesy of Clark Construction / SOM

Clark Construction Design-Build and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Architects (SOM)

Los Angeles, Calif. — Development Industries, Inc. is proud to be part of the Clark Construction winning design-build team with internationally renowned architecture design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM) on the award of the $400 million contract for the New United States Courthouse in Los Angeles. Design efforts are currently underway with construction expected to begin in late summer 2013. 


Development Industries will provide Quality Project Management, leading efforts during design and construction for the Clark Design/Build team on this new, state-of-the-art court facility for the U. S. General Services Administration (GSA). 


The scope of the contract includes design and construction of a 550,000 square-foot court building in downtown Los Angeles.  Destined to rise on a 3.6-acre property, the new facility - referred to as the "Cube" because of its shape - will feature 24 courtrooms and 32 judicial chambers.  A sky-lit central courtyard at the structure's core will provide natural light and circulation to the building's interior spaces. The Cube will be anchored by two levels of below-grade parking, as well as mechanical and back-of-house spaces.  The courthouse will accommodate the U.S. District Court, U.S. Marshals Services, U.S. Attorneys' Office, a GSA field office, the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Services, and the Federal Public Defender.

The new courthouse is uniquely designed to address the Federal Government's blast and setback requirements. The project team will construct a structural frame for the Cube that sits back an entire bay around the first floor, providing for 36 additional feet of setback on each side of the building perimeter.

GSA requirements call for the building to achieve LEED® Gold certification, but the design-build team is aiming for LEED Platinum.  The building envelope will feature a high-performance faceted curtain wall façade. This system will give the courthouse a lively expression that changes throughout the day; it also will reduce radiant heat input through the building envelope and provide ample natural light to internal courtrooms and common areas. The plan optimizes the courts program and workflow and, ensures efficient operations and maintenance.


The project is scheduled for completion in April 2016. 

Renderings courtesy of Clark Construction Design-Build/ Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Renderings courtesy of Clark Construction Design-Build/ Skidmore, Owings & Merrill