Old DC City Hall / Courthouse

Washington, DC


Project Type

District Courthouse



US General Services Administration 



Beyer Blinder Belle


Project Scope

In 2009, DGA completed the construction phase on a $99 million, 477,613 sq. ft. historic preservation, adaptive reuse effort to convert the landmark Old DC City Hall for use as a district courthouse facility.  Our scope of work included the development of lighting design strategies for public areas, courtrooms, judges chambers, library, atrium rotunda, exterior site lighting, and garage utilizing the latest US Federal Court [GSA] and PBS Standards [ASHRAE] as a guideline.  Our services on the project included programming analysis of light level requirements, design phase budgeting, computer-generated lighting calculations, specifications for lighting equipment, control systems and historic custom luminaire design.  The building achieved LEED Certification.


2010 IIDA/IES Lighting Award of Merit

2010 Washington Bldg. Congress Award, Lighting

2010 US General Services Administration Design Award

2010 AIA Justice Facilities Review Award

2010 Assoc. General Contractors of America Nat’l Merit

2010 Structural Engr. Assoc. Metro. DC Project of Year

2009 DC Award of Excellence, Historic Preservation

2009 DC AIA Award of Merit Historic Resources

2009 Mid-Atlantic Construction Award for Gov’t Projects

2009 McGraw-Hill Construction's Best of the Best Award


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