US Federal Courthouse, Springfield, MA

Construction of a new United States Federal Courthouse in the city of Springfield, MA.

Client:   US General Services Administration
Designer:  Moshe Safdie & Associates
Size:  162,000 SF

Project Features

  • 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

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