LEED Comes To A Georgia Courthouse

Legal proceedings in Marietta, Georgia, will now take place in the largest LEED Gold certified courthouse in the Southeast: the Cobb County Superior Courthouse.

This $56 million, 230,000 square foot facility–designed and built by Turner Construction, with help from Pieper O’Brien Herr Architects and HDR–uses about 26.7% less energy than a conventionally-built courthouse of comparable size. Other green features include water use reduction strategies, post-/pre-consumer recycled content and locally sourced materials, as well as low-VOC adhesives, carpets and finishes.

Cobb County Courthouse

image via Turner Construction

The project made use of enhanced commissioning to validate the achievement of its energy efficiency goals and diverted over 86% (4,707 tons) of construction waste from the local landfill.

The courthouse includes judges chambers and suites, 11 courtrooms, administrative spaces, District Attorney and staff offices, Clerk of the Courts staff offices, jury administration, court administration spaces, common/lobby areas and deliberation rooms, as well as a 180-capacity suspect/inmate holding area in the basement with visitation areas.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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