Warren Burger Federal Building and Courthouse


General Services Administration


St. Paul, Minnesota


Exterior work included redesign of the entry plaza, security integration, facade cleaning/repair and conservation of sculpture. Interior work included renovation of the entire 485,000 SF building, including the lobby, corridors, chamber offices, jury assembly, new secure judges' elevator, prisoner elevator, and holding cells.


The exp design for the Warren Burger Federal Building balances accessibility and security, existing and new construction, and existing functions with new program, and was guided by the following principles; establish hierarchy and a sense of decorum fitting a courthouse, maintain civic presence while quietly incorporating security, and design renovation work to respect the existing architecture. Five new district and magistrate courtrooms were added and twelve courtrooms were renovated/restored. New office suites were created for the district and bankruptcy clerks, district attorney, US trustees, court reporters, probation, pretrial, and public defenders. The jury assembly room was expanded and relocated to the first floor to provide easy public access, and can now also be used for special ceremonies and events. The project received the Distinguished Building Award and Divine Detail Award from AIA Chicago, the Preservation Award in sustainable design from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, a Green Building of America Award, and a citation from the Academy of Architecture or Justice.