Cedar Rapids Federal Courthouse
Cedar Rapids, IA

Sited on the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids, IA, this new Federal District Court is part of the GSA Design Excellence program, continuing the GSA’s commitment to sustainable design for new federal buildings. Certified as LEED Gold, the project’s sustainable design strategies achieve 22.5% greater energy efficiency than the baseline standard. Sustainable features include: sustainable site design and grey water capturing for irrigation; 30% reduction in building water use; a high-performance exterior envelope; an efficient mechanical plant (employs a water side economizer, allowing the facility to operate with the chillers shut down in winter); sustainable materials (20% post-construction, post-industrial material and wood from sustainable forests); 95% of construction waste recycled; and an educational kiosk and outreach programs further integrate sustainability into the building’s civic mission. The project broke ground in Spring 2009. The Associate Architect is OPN Architects (300,000 g.s.f.)
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