Wayne L Morse Courthouse
The Wayne L. Morse Federal Courthouse, completed in 2006, serves the District of Oregon as part of the Ninth Judicial Circuit. The six story project includes six courtrooms (two each for bankruptcy, district and magistrate courts) as well as offices for both the courts and other federal agencies such as the US Marshals Service. It also provides offices for two U.S. Senators and the U.S. Representative for the district.
For a $75M construction cost, it provides 309,000sf of gleaming structure. The courthouse was designed by Morphosis with DLR Group of Portland as the architect of record. It sits adjacent to busy freeway intersections as well as a prominant rail traffic line. MCH was responsible for full- scope acoustical consulting. The courthouse is the first federal courthouse to earn LEED Gold certification as well as the first included at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. The Oregonian newspaper called it “the most architecturally important new building in Oregon in decades".
Reference: Kent Larson, AIA 602.381.8580 or 503.274.2675