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McGraw-Hill Construction
Article by Nadine M. Post originally published 02/24/2003; "NBBJ claims the 56,222-sq-m courthouse, which includes the 23-story courtroom tower and an independent nine-level office wing, is one of the few large-scale and complex jobs in the country designed using object-based CAD. The architect focused on sustainability. Public spaces are cooled using energy-conserving displacement air ventilation, more common to Europe. Courtrooms, lobbies and offices are designed to maximize daylighting. Waste is minimized during construction. Steel, concrete and insulation have recycled content. And NBBJ got the end-users to agree on a standard size courtroom, which it claims is a first. This allows standardized spans and stacked courtrooms."