The Alfred A. Arraj Federal Courthouse is a project of firsts. Designed and constructed against the backdrop of President George W. Bush’s War on Terror, the facility was subject to evolving and newly mandated safety criteria, allowing PCL the opportunity to work closely with the client and design team to incorporate unprecedented security measures. While the pavilion reflects the flavor of an old-fashioned courthouse-in-the-square, this 10-story, 325-000-square-foot complex is the absolute height of modern safety, including such construction features as blast-resistant security, progressive collapse measures, and anti-terrorism standoff criteria.
The complex was constructed in the downtown Denver Federal District and houses 10 district courtrooms, four magistrate courtrooms, judges’ chambers, court support areas, a special proceedings facility, US Marshals’ offices and detention facilities, and offices for legal support and probation officers. The project incorporated multiple sustainable design elements, including photovoltaics and under-floor displacement ventilation, helping it become the client’s first project to receive LEED Gold certification.
The Alfred A. Arraj Federal Courthouse was the first federal courthouse completed on time, in budget, and without any claims, thereby standing as the model for future federal courthouses throughout the country.