The $368 million federal courthouse, rising rapidly on Broadway downtown toward a 2012 finish, has been honored as one of the best new federal buildings by the U.S. General Services Administration.
“San Diego should be proud of its new federal courthouse project, one of the nation’s premier federal buildings,” said GSA Administrator Martha Johnson.
The 16-story building, designed by Richard Meier and Partners, occupies the site once occupied by the historic Hotel San Diego, It is located just west of the existing Edward J. Schwartz Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, completed in 1976. It received an urbanism award.
“The new San Diego courthouse will not only be a beautiful gleaming addition to the federal complex in San Diego,” said Jeff Neely, acting GSA regional administrator, “but its design seamlessly integrates ingenious components of energy efficiency, outstanding court and jury facilities and engaging public spaces. It is a perfect example of a truly civic building with stunning views, gardens, pedestrian pathways and a unique water feature.”
The GSA, federal agencies’ landlord, issues the awards every other year.
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