Wayne L. Morse U.S. Federal Courthouse

This award winning U.S. Courthouse is 266,742 square feet within a five-story steel and concrete structure. The project includes six courtrooms and chambers along with space for the U.S. Marshals Service and Bankruptcy courts. The project also includes U.S. Attorney’s office, U.S. Marshals' offices, court-related agencies, extensive multimedia conferencing facilities, a cafeteria and kitchen, and enclosed secured parking. The building features and metal panel exterior skin and incorporates the latest security measures for federal facilities. The three-story interior atrium/lantern serves as a beacon for the building. 

The Wayne L. Morse U.S. Courthouse is a model of construction excellence because JE Dunn successfully negotiated the delicate balance of achieving the architect’s ambitious aesthetic design while accommodating rigid GSA constraints.  Considering the fact that the Courthouse, designed by Pritzker award-winning architect Thom Mayne, is among the most architecturally ambitious buildings commissioned by GSA, it is also the first federal courthouse to be built within the original authorized budget in decades.  Using a construction manager as constructor (CMc) project delivery method, Dunn was able to value engineer $11 million in savings without compromising quality. 

Awards:

  • 2005 Top Projects - 5th place, Daily Journal of Commerce
  • 2006 Government and Infrastructure, Real Estate & Construction
  • 2006 BIM for Architecture - Public Buildings, Real Estate & Construction Review
  • 2007 Environmental Award for Green Strategies, GSA
  • 2007 Top 10 Green Buildings, AIA
  • 2007 American Architecture Award, The Chicago Athenaeum - Museum of Architecture & Design
  • 2007 Grand Prize for Interior Design, Building Design + Construction
  • 2008 Building Team Platinum Award, Building Design + Construction
  • 2008 BIM Award, AIA
  • 2008 Design Excellence Award, GSA
  • 2008 Construction Excellence Award, GSA
  • 2010 Pacific Region Government Office Building of the Year, BOMA