The new Los Angeles Federal Courthouse replaces an aging courthouse nearby that was short on space and sorely in need of renovation. The new 625,000-square-foot facility will contain 24 courtrooms and 32 judges’ chambers.
The building is designed to achieve LEED® Platinum certification. The serrated façade of the "Cube" is designed to achieve a north/south orientation to maximize views while reducing solar heat gain by 47%. The building has water and electricity conservation strategies and a 290 kW roof-mounted photovoltaic array.
The courthouse is designed to appear floating over its stone base which also makes it safe from earthquakes and bomb threats.
Belco is managing and providing all labor for the project and assisting with design. In addition Belco is designing and installing the 290 kW roof-mounted solar array. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2016.