Indianapolis federal courthouse gets national award

November 15, 2016

The Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse has received national recognition for a refurbishment project that ushered the infrastructure of the 100-year-old building into the 21st century while preserving the structure’s distinguished spirit.

The Indianapolis federal building has been honored with the 2016 General Services Administration Design Award. It is one of just seven courthouses honored this year and the only courthouse in the 7th Circuit to receive the award.

The award is for the success of the $66.8 million upgrade using funds from the American Recovery and Restoration Act project. The revitalization included upgrading the heating and cooling systems, improving the fire protection and adding a layer of green foliage that now covers the roof. It also restored the historic and patriotic-themed murals painted by Hoosier artist Grant Christian in 1935.

The notification of the award pointed out the jury noted “the success of the project in achieving a much more energy-efficient facility while at the same time not impacting the Beaux-Arts architecture.”




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