OPN Architects provided design and construction document services to the GSA and the 8th Circuit Federal Courts in support of their ongoing historic renovation work on the existing Courthouse Building. Work included interior tenant improvements for multiple groups on several floors, and also involved streetscape and site security elements adjacent to the building’s exterior.
Interior improvements included space programming and design for the U.S. Probation offices, located in the buildings lower level, and provided a unique opportunity to bring natural daylight into the office space. Light wells located within the pedestrian area adjacent to the building carried natural daylight downward, and brought the light through window units located within the office spaces. Work on the main level included the primary entry and security check point for the US Marshal’s Service, and provided the design of a contemporary “transparent” officer guard desk which maintained the integrity of the building’s main entrance historical character. The new Marshal’s Security desk is located in the central lobby of this grand historical space, and was designed to maximize visibility without compromising security. Utilizing large bulletproof glass panels and customized hardware, visual sightlines enhance the Marshals ability to observe visitors upon entry to the facility, and permit guests unobstructed views of the space.
Work on the first floor also involved detailing of the two primary courtrooms, coordinating the aesthetic qualities with the critical security requirements. Other work throughout the building included the build-out of office spaces for the US Attorneys, Clerk of Court and various smaller support spaces.