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977 - TOUR – U.S. Courthouse

• Matthew Ryan, Hon. AIA Austin | Partner | Allensworth & Porter
Date: 11/10/2017 | Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Event Location: MEET AT TOUR DESK
LUHs: 1.5 | HSW: Yes |
Capacity: 40
Through October 02: $60.00
Through November 03: $60.00
Onsite November 03: $60.00

Tour Architects
Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects with Page

Tour Sponsor
Allensworth & Porter

The U.S. Courthouse in Austin, designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects with Page as associate architect and engineer of record, occupies a full city block directly west of Republic Square Park. The square configuration of the site sponsors a highly compact, cubic building form. The stability of the cubic form exemplifies the strength, coherence, and dignity of the judicial system. Floor plates approach a square configuration. A plinth forms a base holding the sidewalk-edge, providing anti-ram protection and addressing the scale of the park.

Level four marks the beginning of a rotated and interlocking courtroom distribution scheme. All floor-to-floor heights at the courtroom levels meet the ceiling height requirement for offices and chambers, with courtrooms attaining their required ceiling heights by penetrating the floor directly above. Like courtrooms are stacked, effecting a rationally organized structural system and an efficient area-to-volume ratio. On each court level, one district and one magistrate courtroom share a public space. The scheme demands a diagonal exchange of public space that takes advantage, like the courtrooms, of the double-height space. All courtrooms, jury deliberation rooms, chambers, public spaces, and witness/attorney conference rooms are located at exterior surfaces where natural light is available.

SD: Yes

*Courses marked "SD" may qualify for Sustainable Design for the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners.