A shining example of the marriage between modern technology and historical preservation, the Byron G. Rogers Federal Courthouse is a certified LEED Gold facility with historic building status. While its 1964 heritage façade was preserved during this 248,000-square-foot renovation project, the building systems, elevators, security, and interiors were all replaced with high-end finishes and energy-efficient systems. Now home to six new state-of-the-art courtrooms, a law library, US Marshall’s offices, detention facilities, and administrative offices, the courthouse is a model for similar government buildings throughout the country.
Minimizing disruption to occupants in the adjacent and connected federal office building meant PCL had to extensively coordinate and communicate all outages and anticipated disruptions. Due to strict federal guidelines for security, standoff distances, courtroom lighting, and sound control, each construction detail had to be reviewed to ensure compliance. To inspire client confidence in the final product, PCL constructed extensive full-size mock-ups of the courtrooms, inspiring the client to thank the project team in writing for their “excellent” guidance.