09.12.13

LEED Silver Certification for Thurgood Marshall Courthouse

We are pleased to announce that the recently-renovated Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse has achieved LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This is the first comprehensive interior and exterior renovation and restoration of the iconic 730,000-square-foot courthouse and provides a successful sustainable model for other large-scale historic preservation projects.

Under a GSA Design Excellence contract, Beyer Blinder Belle was commissioned to lead a multi-disciplinary team to prepare the building for the 21st century. The scope of work includes a full upgrade of the building's mechanical, electrical, fire protection, plumbing, security, audio-visual and telecommunications, and life-safety systems, as well as interior upgrades and extensive repairs to the exterior. Sustainable features include maximum reuse of existing building fabric, design of a large green roof that harvests rainwater for makeup cooling water, and installation of an energy-efficient HVAC system.

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