Construction of a new United States Federal Courthouse in the city of Springfield, MA.
|Client:||US General Services Administration|
|Designer:||Moshe Safdie & Associates|
- Three-story courthouse containing three courtrooms.
- Building layout forms a spiraling crescent around three historic Copper Beech and Linden ‘heritage trees.’
- Constructed out of 40ft tall precast columns.
- Exterior façade is limestone, precast, and glass.
- Glassed-in entry pavilion is a custom tube steel network that hangs off the precast columns, floating free on one side.
- Custom millwork throughout the building.
- Limestone floor tiles imported from Portugal.
- GSA “Security and Openness” program security and communications systems.
- “Progressive Collapse” structural steel support blast mitigation system allows for one column to be removed, shifting the load to adjacent columns to prevent building collapse.
- Retaining walls and bollards keep vehicles a minimum of 20-ft from the building.
- Ballistic (bulletproof) construction in the U. S. Marshall’s offices and Judges’ Chambers.
- Relocation of the 200-year-old historic Alexander House prior to the start of construction.
- LEED Silver
- Awards: AGC Build New England Award, GSA Design Excellence Award
Tags: CM, Courthouse, Historic, Institutional, Massachusetts, Preconstruction, Signature Project