AKA: United States Federal Court, Courthouse #2, Downtown, Seattle, WA; US Federal Courthouse #2, Downtown, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - courthouses

Designers: Absher Construction Company (firm); CBG Consulting Engineers (firm); Erection Company, Incorporated (firm); Jones, J.A., Construction Company, Incorporated (firm); Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA) Structural + Civil Engineers (firm); Naramore, Bain, Brady, and Johanson, (NBBJ) (firm); Skilling Ward Magnusson Barkshire, (SWMB), Incorporated, Engineers (firm); Sparling Electrical Engineering (firm); Daniel Absher (building contractor); William James Bain Jr. (architect); William James Bain Sr. (architect); Arthur J. Barkshire (structural engineer); Clifton J. Brady (architect); Douglas Brown (structural engineer); Brian Dickson (civil engineer); James R. Duncan (electrical engineer); Perry Bertil Johanson (architect); Adam Jones (building contractor); J. A. Jones (building contractor); Ronald Klemencic (structural engineer); Jon Magnusson (structural engineer); Steven McConnell (architect); Floyd Archibald Naramore (architect); John Bower Skilling (structural engineer); James Tully (architect); William D. Ward (structural engineer)

Dates: constructed 2004

23 stories, total floor area: 615,000 sq. ft.

700 Stewart Street
Seattle, WA 98101-1271

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Steven McConnell, served as a Lead Principal for the architects, NBBJ. Brian Dickson worked as the Project Manager for the structural engineers, Skilling Ward Magnusson Barkshire (SWMB).

The United States Courthouse #2, Seattle, WA consisted of a 23-story building (390 feet high) and a connected 17-story tower set on a 2.7-acre site; the interior contained 615,000 square feet to accommodate the U.S. District Court for the Western District of the State of Washington and other U.S. Federal security and administrative agencies; due to its unusual redundant support system, the building cost a substantial $156 million; in addition to the standard steel frame, the engineers, Skilling, Ward, Magnusson, Barkshire (later known as Magnusson Klemencic Associates) designed an integrated system of cables that could support the courthouse in case of an explosion or other destructive event; Absher Construction Company associated with J.A. Jones of Charlotte, NC, on the design of acted as General Contractors; Jim Duncan of Sparling Electrical Engineering undertook the electrical engineering; CBG Consulting Engineering worked on the mechanical engineering of the courthouse; BRC Acoustics and Technology Consulting worked on the building's acoustics and mechanical noise control for courtrooms, jury deliberation rooms, and U.S. Marshal interview spaces; this building won a 2004 GSA Design Awards for Architecture and Interior Design and Construction Excellence; Peter Walker and Partners handled the landscape architecture, including a sculpture located in front called "Pillar Arc"; Designers located sod and other plants on the roof; this green roof was designed to use rainwater and inhibit it from overloading the city's sewer system; the budget was $215 million. Steven McConnell, was the Project Architect for NBBJ, Seattle.

PCAD id: 3309