US Courthouse Receives LEED Gold Certification

11 May 2011 (Last Updated May 11th, 2011 18:30)

The Cobb County Superior Courthouse in Marietta, Georgia, US, has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the US Green Building Council. The courthouse was constructed under a design-build contract by Turner Construction, Pieper O'Brien Herr Architects and HDR. The $56m Supe

The Cobb County Superior Courthouse in Marietta, Georgia, US, has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the US Green Building Council.

The courthouse was constructed under a design-build contract by Turner Construction, Pieper O'Brien Herr Architects and HDR.

The $56m Superior Courthouse building houses superior court judges' chambers, senior judges' suites, 11 courtrooms, administrative spaces, district attorney and staff offices, common areas and deliberation rooms.

The court also houses inmate holding areas in the basement, visitation areas, a clock tower with three clocks and a pedestrian bridge connecting the courthouse to the old Superior Court complex.

Sustainable features of the project include use of low-emitting paints, adhesives, sealants and coatings along with a low-emission carpet throughout the building.

Around 25% of the materials used in the courthouse were manufactured, harvested and extracted from within 500 miles of the project site.

The courthouse will provide 26.7% savings in energy costs and 47.5% savings in water usage.