El Paso Federal Courthouse
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The new 278,000 square foot U.S. Courthouse in El Paso, Texas is a major step toward enhancing the capabilities of the judicial system in this busy border city. Selected after a Vision design competition, Antoine Predock Architect, with BPLW Architects and Engineers, and RicciGreene Associates have designed a striking new image for the courts that refers to its dramatic setting at the foot of the Franklin Mountains. 

Composed primarily of District and Magistrate courts and chambers, with associated support space, the building is a LEED Silver-rated building, with numerous passive and active features to mitigate its environmental impact. Its public face is designed to be open and inviting to the public, yet provide state-of-the-art resistance to blast and other possible security threats. The massing approach frames the spectacular mountain views between a stone-clad courtroom block and a copper-clad "nugget" containing the Jury Assembly and Circuit Library.