GSA designed and constructed a sustainable, secure and cost-effective U.S. Courthouse in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, California. The 10-story, 633,000-square-foot facility features 24 courtrooms and 32 judicial chambers and stands out in the downtown skyline with its impressive glass façade. The new courthouse optimizes court operations, addresses previous security concerns, and provides the necessary space for the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and the public it serves.
The construction of this new courthouse is the first major step in GSA’s three-pronged approach to achieving an enhanced and efficient footprint for the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and consolidates many of the functions that were previously divided across multiple buildings.
Major tenants are the U.S. District Court serving the Central District of California, U.S. Marshals Service, GSA, Federal Public Defender (trial preparation space), and U.S. Attorneys Office (trial preparation space).
Architecture for Sustainability and Safety
The courthouse was designed to make the best use of its sunny downtown location and maximizes the use of natural daylighting throughout. Each floor is organized around a central space where light floods in through a large skylight overhead. Its serrated façade is designed to achieve a north/south orientation that maximizes daylight harvesting and views while reducing solar heat gain by 47 percent and reducing glare.
The facility incorporates numerous sustainable features:
High-efficiency building systems
Green roofs over the Jury Assembly Room and cafe
100,000-gallon underground rainwater cistern for irrigation
250 kW roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panel array that will produce 525,000 kWh annually
The building achieved LEED® Platinum certification.
Due to its location, seismic design was a key consideration in the structural engineering of the building. The design incorporates an innovative structural engineering concept that allows the cubic courthouse volume to appear to float over its stone base while being one of the nation’s safest buildings.
The new U.S. Courthouse features Catherine Opie's Yosemite Falls, a series of large-scale photographs beginning on the 10th floor and cascading down to the fifth floor, as well as works by minimalist painter Mary Corse and contemporary mixed media artist Gary Simmons. All three artists live and work in the city of Los Angeles.
Corse’s piece is an expansive 7.75-by-43-foot geometric painting that hangs over the lobby. The contrasting vertical stripes also include glass microspheres that play off the ample light provided by the building’s glass façade.
Simmons’ large six-panel piece is installed in the lobby of the courthouse. He was inspired by the architecture of the courthouse and wants his art to be accessible to everyone who enters the building.
Last Reviewed: 2021-07-26
PER DIEM LOOK-UP
Choose a location
Error, The Per Diem API is not responding. Please try again later.
No results could be found for the location you've entered.
Traveler reimbursement is based on the location of the work activities and not the accommodations, unless lodging is not available at the work activity, then the agency may authorize the rate where lodging is obtained.
Unless otherwise specified, the per diem locality is defined as "all locations within, or entirely surrounded by, the corporate limits of the key city, including independent entities located within those boundaries."
Per diem localities with county definitions shall include"all locations within, or entirely surrounded by, the corporate limits of the key city as well as the boundaries of the listed counties, including independent entities located within the boundaries of the key city and the listed counties (unless otherwise listed separately)."
When a military installation or Government - related facility(whether or not specifically named) is located partially within more than one city or county boundary, the applicable per diem rate for the entire installation or facility is the higher of the rates which apply to the cities and / or counties, even though part(s) of such activities may be located outside the defined per diem locality.