Future Los Angeles Courthouse Achieves Structural Milestone
LOS ANGELES – Clark has achieved a major structural milestone with the topping out of the structural steel for the future United States Federal Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. The building features an innovative structural engineering design that allows the cubic volume to 'float' above its stone base. To accomplish the floating effect, the perimeter columns were temporarily shored and constructed into compression in order to erect the building's trusses. Once completed, the temporary columns will be removed and the trusses will freely support the perimeter in tension, ultimately revealing the cantilevered effect of the 'cube'.
In attendance at the ceremony were a number of United States federal judges, along with GSA's Acting Regional Commissioner – Public Building Service, Dan Brown.
GSA awarded the design-build contract to Clark and design partner Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP in December 2012. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2016.