United States Courthouse (Seattle)

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United States Courthouse
U.S. Courthouse, Seattle - from Olive Way.jpg
United States Courthouse (Seattle) is located in Seattle WA Downtown
United States Courthouse (Seattle)
Location within downtown Seattle
General information
Address700 Stewart Street
Seattle, Washington
Coordinates47°36′54″N 122°20′12″W / 47.6151°N 122.3366°W / 47.6151; -122.3366Coordinates: 47°36′54″N 122°20′12″W / 47.6151°N 122.3366°W / 47.6151; -122.3366
Construction started2001
OpenedAugust 17, 2004
Cost$171 million
OwnerGeneral Services Administration
Architectural390 feet (120 m)
Technical details
Floor count23
Floor area614,996 square feet (57,135.0 m2)
Design and construction
Architecture firmNBBJ
Structural engineerMagnusson Klemencic Associates
Main contractorAbsher Construction
Other information
Parking200 spaces

The United States Courthouse in Seattle, Washington, is a federal courthouse and office building used primarily by the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. When it opened on August 17, 2004, at a cost of $171 million,[3] it replaced the historic William Kenzo Nakamura United States Courthouse, which has since been transferred to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The 23-story, 390-foot (120 m) tall building houses 18 courtrooms and 22 chambers and occupies a full city block along with a landscaped public plaza.[1][2]

It was designed by NBBJ and Magnusson Klemencic Associates with future expansion in mind and features engineering designed to withstand earthquakes, terrorism, and other possible threats.[4] The General Services Administration awarded two design awards to the building in 2005 for design and construction excellence;[5][6] it also received a commendation from the Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects for "advancing the quality of civic design".[7][8]

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  1. ^ a b "United States Federal Courthouse". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  2. ^ a b "United States Federal Courthouse". Emporis. Archived from the original on October 17, 2015.
  3. ^ O'Hagan, Maureen (August 5, 2004). "U.S. Courthouse opens Aug. 17 with plenty of concrete, steel and security". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  4. ^ "New Seattle Courthouse, Seattle, WA". General Services Administration. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  5. ^ Ruiz, Deborah K. (March 24, 2005). "GSA's 2004 Design Awards Spotlight Excellence in Federal Architecture" (Press release). General Services Administration. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  6. ^ "GSA Design Awards, 2004" (PDF). General Services Administration. 2005. pp. 8–11, 41. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  7. ^ "AIA Seattle 2004 Honor Awards for Washington Architecture". American Institute of Architects Seattle. 2004. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  8. ^ "AIA Seattle Fetes Design Winners". AIArchitect (December 2004 ed.). American Institute of Architects. December 13, 2004. Retrieved August 23, 2015.

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