General Services Administration
This landmark serves the public in ways its original designers never could have imagined.
Modernizing buildings supports state and federal governments provide healthy, functional, and energy-efficient 21st century workplaces in existing and often historic structures.
While the addition of a new stair tower in the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse’s light court was driven by functional needs – improving code compliance, vertical circulation, and security for the movement of people and materials – the cost-effective design will provide new and needed amenities to building tenants and users. The extended floorplate and careful reorganization of historic spaces are intended to create impromptu meeting and discussion spaces away from the active courtrooms and judges’ chambers. Expansive glazing will admit daylight and views from the existing light court – a design move that enhances workplace productivity while symbolizing transparency in the judicial process.
To comply with federal regulations that additions be differentiated from but compatible with the historic materials, the new tower will be clad with metal panels in a layout inspired by the rhythm and detailing of the limestone light court walls. The lighter color panels will be sympathetic to the original Indiana limestone, without trying to match it. The charcoal gray panels cladding the service core that links to the historic building will be easily distinguishable from the original material.
EYP's experience working in occupied historic courthouses with the various courts and tenants on past projects has proven to be invaluable.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Washington State Legislative Building required sensitive renovation to preserve its failing structure for future generations and to update its spaces and systems to support the complex day-to-day business of governance and its people.Modernization Historic Preservation