United States Court House, Los Angeles Earns 2014 Green GOOD DESIGN™ Award

July 29, 2014

LOS ANGELES – The United States Court House, Los Angeles, has earned a Green GOOD DESIGN award for Green Architecture. The winning nomination was submitted by the project's architect, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP.

Clark is leading the design-build effort for the new 550,000 square-foot court building in downtown Los Angeles. The new facility – referred to as the "Cube" because of its shape – will feature 24 courtrooms and 32 judicial chambers. Designed to earn LEED Platinum certification, the building's sustainable features include a serrated façade that reduces solar heat gain by nearly fifty percent and a sky-lit central courtyard at the structure's core, which will provide natural light and circulation to the building's interior spaces. The building also features water and electricity conservation strategies and a 400 kilowatt roof-mounted photovoltaic array.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

The Green GOOD DESIGN jury, composed of worldwide leaders in the design profession, selected winners in the categories of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, product, packaging, and graphic design.

The awards program, now in its sixth year, stems from the preeminent GOOD DESIGN awards, founded in 1950 to promote public understanding and appreciation for modern design. The Green GOOD DESIGN awards program identifies and emphasizes the world’s most important examples of sustainable design. Both programs are managed by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies in cooperation with the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

Winners will be showcased in an exhibition at The European Centre’s Museum in Athens, Greece from September through November 2014, and also in an upcoming traveling exhibition.