LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Syska Hennessy Group, Inc., a global consulting, engineering and commissioning firm, provided engineering services for one of the most important new buildings in all of downtown Los Angeles, the General Service Administration's (GSA) new United States Courthouse.
A special ribbon cutting ceremony is being held today, Thursday, October 13 to commemorate the opening of the building, which will serve as the new home for the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.
Syska Hennessy Group provided critical systems engineering consulting and design services for the new courthouse, a project that was over four years in the making. The 12-story, 631,000-square-foot facility, known as the "Cube" because of its unique shape, features 24 courtrooms and 32 judicial chambers and is being widely recognized for its groundbreaking energy-efficient design.
Syska Hennessy Group worked alongside an elite team that included SOM and Clark Construction in order to bring this project to fruition. The entire design team successfully committed to achieving dynamic building sustainability and energy performance goals for the courthouse in a cost-effective way. The property is targeting LEED® Platinum certification and an energy target of 35K/KBTU/GSF annual consumption through some of its unique energy-efficient attributes which include:
- A serrated façade comprised of 1,672 energy-efficient glass panels to maximize views and reduce solar heat gain by nearly 50%.
- A rooftop photovoltaic array expected to generate 507,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) each year.
- Substantial daylighting for the building spaces including the courtrooms and jury deliberation rooms.
- An open central light court with tuned skylight delivering daylight into the heart of the building, coupled with reflectors to enhance shared natural light.
- A drought-tolerant landscaping of the entire plaza.
"It was a privilege to have played a key role in bringing this state-of-the-art courthouse facility to life," said Robert Bolin, Senior Principal at Syska Hennessy Group. "The entire project team set out to make a '100 year' building that would serve as a sustainable design blueprint for other civic properties in both Los Angeles and across the country. We are incredibly proud of the contributions we made towards the success of this unique development, which will also serve as another important step in helping Los Angeles secure a clean energy future."
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