The United States Courthouse is located in downtown Salt Lake City. The new and existing, historic courthouse form a federal precinct, which occupies an entire city block. The United States Courthouse is sited on an elevated garden terrace set back from the street, meeting the federal security requirements and providing public green space in the urban core. The courthouse’s design emanates from a search for a strong and metaphorically egalitarian form to symbolize the American judiciary system.
The glass and aluminum façade allows natural light to permeate the building core and illuminate the corner courtrooms, while the customized aluminum sun screens vary in opacity in accordance with interior use and solar orientation. The new courthouse provides distinct circulation paths for judges, prisoners, and the public, and can accommodate up to eight additional courtrooms in the building’s volume. The building has LEED Gold rating and features a 10-story sculptural installation by American glass artist James Carpenter in the sky-lit atrium. Parking for the new and historic courthouses is placed on two underground levels to preserve the new building’s relationship with the street.