General Services Administration
Cedar Rapids US Courthouse

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Project

Cedar Rapids US Courthouse

Client

General Services Administration

Location

Cedar Rapids, IA

Completion

2012

Size

336,842 GSF

Certification

LEED Gold Certified

Category

Civic Realm

Partner Firm

OPN Architects

Situated prominently in downtown Cedar Rapids near the City Hall and the county courthouse, this United States District Courthouse brings together for the first time the District, Magistrate, and Bankruptcy Courts, as well as appellate Court chambers, Probation Services, Congressional offices and the offices of the U.S. Attorney. To reduce the stress of visitors, the building is structured around an extremely clear organization in which the courtroom entrances are visible from the exterior. The courthouse serves as a model for unobtrusively integrating security on the site and upon entry. It directly addresses the challenge of bringing daylight to courtrooms while maintaining secure circulation paths. And it responds to the increasing size and scale of federal buildings with a design that is both recognizably civic and contemporary.

[The] gentle sweep of the building toward the river is as if the river created the shape—it really is a pleasure to study this solution on this site.

2016 AIA Justice Facilities Review

Awards + Press

2016 AIA National / AAJ, Justice Facilities Review Citation Award

2014 AIA New England, Design Excellence Honor Award

2014 BSA, Design Excellence Honor Award

2016 GSA Architectural Design Citaton Award

2012 Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Excellence in Concrete Award, Public Works

AIA, “Cedar Rapids United States Courthouse”

Architect Magazine, “Local Market - Cedar Rapids Iowa”

The Cedar Rapids Courthouse expresses a democratic spirit of openness and approachability through two organizing principles:

JUSTICE ON DISPLAY

This is one of the only recently constructed Federal Courthouse where entrances to all courtrooms are visible to the public at street level.

WINDOWS IN EVERY COURTROOM

This is the first recently constructed Federal Courthouse with windows on two sides of every District, Magistrate and Bankruptcy courtroom.

Project Consultants

Structural Engineer | LeMessurier Consultants, Inc.

Mechanical / Electrical Engineer | KJWW Engineering Consultants

Civil Engineer | Ament Inc.

Landscape Architect | Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

Lighting Consultant | Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

Photographer | Robert Benson, Peter Wilson, + Wayne Johnson