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A Special Feature of DJC.COM
Sept. 23, 2004




Project team

Owner:
U.S. General Services Administration, Auburn

Architect:
NBBJ, Seattle

General contractor:
Absher Construction Co., Puyallup

Construction manager:
Art Anderson Associates, Seattle

Structural engineer:
Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle

Mechanical engineer:
CBG Consulting Engineers, Portland

Electrical engineer:
Sparling, Seattle

Security design consultant:
Latta Technical Services, Plano, Texas

Landscape architect:
Peter Walker and Partners, San Francisco


U.S. Federal Courthouse Building
Photo by Frank Ooms




Feature Stories

"Demanding project pulls engineers together"
Security, high-tech plans prompt the project team to coordinate closely
By JOHN PARRY
Sparling


"Rethinking the courthouse from inside out"
Designers seek to shine light on the judicial process with windows
By WILLIAM BAIN, STEVE McCONNELL and JAMES TULLY
NBBJ


"Plaza offers an urban oasis"
Fountain, garden, stairs and terraces keep the courthouse secure but accessible
By PETER WALKER
Peter Walker and Partners


"Unique structural system braces courthouse"
Plates and pipes contribute to an earthquake-ready design
By BRIAN DICKSON and JON MAGNUSSON
Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Fast facts


Location:
Seventh Avenue and Stewart Street, Seattle

Height:
390 feet (23 stories)

Size:
615,000 square feet

Project cost:
$171 million

Groundbreaking:
July 2, 2001

Opening:
Sept. 23; tenants began moving in last month




By the numbers...


$2 million:
Expenditure for public artwork

500:
Approximate number of courthouse employees

120:
Parking spaces provided on two basement levels

22:
Judicial chambers and suites for the district and bankruptcy courts

13:
U.S. District Court courtrooms

5:
U.S. Bankruptcy Court courtrooms

2.7:
Size of the courthouse site, in acres



Design details

Tenants: Courthouse tenants include district and bankruptcy court personnel, and consolidated facilities for federal agencies including the U.S. Attorney, U.S. Marshal, Federal Grand Jury, U.S. Trustee, U.S. Probation, U.S. Pretrial Services and the Ninth Circuit Law Library.

Prisoners: The courthouse contains a main detention cell block for prisoners awaiting trial, cells for holding prisoners by the courtrooms, and a sallyport for moving prisoners to and from the building.

Expansion:The 30-year expansion plan for the courthouse includes space for seven more courtrooms and seven more judicial chambers.

Former site:The federal courthouse replaces the Nakamura courthouse at 1010 Fifth Ave. The 1938 building will be closed for renovations and reopened in 2007, when it will house the Ninth U.S. Court of Appeals.


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