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Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse

  • Client

    • GSA Region 10 - Northwest/Arctic
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Design Achievement - The Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse is a clear example of the potential in the General Services Administration (GSA) Design Excellence Program. It represents a new generation of federal courthouses that are redefining the architectural values and expression of the Federal Judicial Branch. This DLR Group / Morphosis collaboration engages visitors in a symbolic narrative of movement beginning at a classic entry stair and portico, past a feature waterfall, into a soaring sunlit atrium space and, ultimately, up a formal grand staircase to the courtroom level. This space includes a grand hall offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, rivers, and landscape. The Morse United States Courthouse was recognized with an AIA Design Excellence Special Recognition Award, and a Progressive Architecture design award from ARCHITECT magazine.

Scope Summary - This courthouse was the GSA's first LEED Gold Certified new construction project. The 272,000 SF facility includes six courtrooms, associated chambers, and ancillary spaces. The first two floors above grade are composed of a glass-clad structure containing administrative offices that support the functions of the courthouse above. This portion of the building provides a plinth for the upper floors formed by three individual buildings, or pavilions. Each steel-skinned pavilion houses a pair of courtrooms and its respective chambers and support spaces. DLR Group was the Architect of Record and provided engineering services and construction administration for this project.

Awards & Recognition

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  • "Top 10" Project

    American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE)
  • Citation Award (unbuilt)

    American Institute of Architects Justice Facilities Review (AIA JFR)
  • Environmental Award for Green Strategies

    U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Design Excellence Honor Award, Architecture

    U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Design Excellence Honor Award, Construction in Architecture

    U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Design Excellence Citation, Graphic Design/Signage

    U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Design Award Citation (on the boards)

    U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Honor Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Northwest & Pacific Region
  • Merit Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) California Council
  • Merit Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Los Angeles
  • Merit Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Florida
  • Award of Excellence

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Orlando
  • Progressive Architecture (P/A) Award

    Architecture magazine
  • Platinum Award, Building Team Awards

    Building Design + Construction magazine
  • Office Building of the Year

    Building Owners and Managers Association, Pacific Northwest Region
  • BIM for Architecture Award

    BE Awards of Excellence

Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse

Client
GSA Region 10 - Northwest/Arctic