Four unique regional buildings cited for 2014 GSA Design Awards

By Drew Jack

Receiving citations for everything from architecture to urbanism, four regional federal buildings ranked among the agency’s best in recent design and architecture projects at the 2014 GSA Design Awards on April 30 in Washington, DC.

GSA holds the program every two years to honor the accomplishments of talented federal employees, architects, engineers, landscape architects, urban designers, interior designers, artists, conservationists, and preservationists who create and preserve the nation's landmarks.

A jury of private-sector professionals chaired by architect Henry N. Cobb reviewed more than 80 projects for this cycle of GSA's Design Awards.

The four award winners in the Pacific Rim Region were:

50 United Nations PlazaCITATION // Urbanism
50 United Nations Plaza Federal Building, San Francisco, California

50 United Nations Plaza Federal Building is a major component of the San Francisco Civic Center. Seismic upgrade permitted the 1936 building’s first major modernization, which yielded dramatic improvements in environmental performance and workplace design.

PHOTO CREDIT: Blake Marvin/HKS, Inc. View the photo gallery >


John M. Roll U.S. CourthouseCITATION // Architecture, Urbanism
John M. Roll United States Courthouse, Yuma, Arizona

The John M. Roll United States Courthouse is a new courthouse located in downtown Yuma, Arizona, that reinvents traditional elements of courthouse architecture. Its 10,000-square-foot canopy resembles historic ramada structures instead of a portico, for example, and its embedded photovoltaics generate 21 percent of the building’s electricity.

PHOTO CREDIT: GSA View the photo gallery >


U.S. Courthouse BakersfieldCITATION // Architecture, Construction, Urbanism
United States Courthouse, Bakersfield, California

Measuring 33,400 square feet and overlooking Mill Creek Park in downtown Bakersfield, California, the United States Courthouse in Bakersfield embodies the minimalist materials and indoor-outdoor dialogue of California modernism.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sean Airhart/NBBJ View the photo gallery >


U.S. Courthouse San DiegoCITATION // Architecture, Art, Communication Design, Interiors, Urbanism
United States Courthouse Annex, San Diego, California

The United States Courthouse Annex in downtown San Diego expands facilities for the Edward J. Schwartz Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. In addition to producing the 467,000-square-foot annex, the project developed the plaza between old and new courthouses; this outdoor space includes the Robert Irwin sculpture Hedge Wedge.

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“We are proud of our winners – the buildings themselves and especially the employees and professionals who created them,” said Regional Administrator Ruth Cox. “They showcase the best of what we are building across the country and set new standards in urban design, productive workspaces, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and overall sustainability.”

The GSA Design Awards are the hallmark of the agency’s Design Excellence program. This year marks the 20-year anniversary of the program.

View the 2014 GSA Design Awards webcast >

Read the GSA Blog post: 20 Federal Buildings Honored as Nation’s Top in Design and Architecture >

Last Reviewed 2014-06-13