The opening of the U.S. Courthouse in Bakersfield, California, is drawing attention from local media outlets, including The Bakersfield Californian. Today, the paper takes an in-depth look at the design of the courthouse, calling it an “architectural jewel,” and a building that will be “treasured for generations” to come. Designed as a 100-year building, the article mentions that the courthouse was built in half the normal time, came in several million dollars under budget, and uses 45% less energy that comparable buildings
In the article, NBBJ Managing Partner Steve McConnell, FAIA, describes the design goals for the project: “We are building a 21st century courthouse designed for the federal government, which has a very precise notion of how federal buildings purport to the values and integrity of our nation. Our goal was to construct a public building that reflects the integrity of the justice system – a courthouse that is clearly built to last.”Read the complete article here.