Nazario Courthouse & Degetau Federal Office Building | Puerto Rico

As part of the Federal Government’s High Performance Green Building Modernization initiative, funded through the 2009 American Reinvestment + Recovery Act, the goal of this project was to eliminate the existing occupant discomfort issues while reducing the building’s existing intensive energy usage. The complex scope included upgrades to all building systems; implementation of a energy conservation measures including intelligent lighting, advanced metering, and photovoltaic panels; modernization of interior finishes and rest rooms; ADA accessibility; and site improvements.

The project also includes a new 1,600 sf addition to the existing building that connects the federal building to the courthouse and provides a single entry point to both facilities. The redesign of the existing checkpoint will help meet the growing demands of one of the busiest courts in the federal judicial system, and will provide a more fitting representation of the federal government in the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico. The project used a Bridging Design Build delivery method and will be pursuing LEED certification upon completion.