Roman L. Hruska U.S. Federal Courthouse111 S. 18th Plaza
Omaha, NE 68102
Design Achievement - The Roman L. Hruska U.S. Federal Courthouse accommodates three distinct user groups — defendants in custody, judges and their staff, and the public — to affirm the principle that every citizen has equal access to the law. DLR Group in association with Pei-Cobb Freed and Partners designed the building's distinctive features including a classic four-story, 95-foot atrium that rises into four steel-paneled cantilevers above the roof. The site features an outdoor plaza landscaped with a grove of 36 ginkgo trees. The design conveys the integrity, permanence, and restraint that are embodied in the administration of justice. Design considerations include clarity in circulation, security check points, vehicular and personnel sallyports, and layout of corridors, stair wells and elevators that isolate defendants from the public, judicial and administrative personnel.
Scope Summary - The 350,130 SF mid-rise building contains nine courtrooms, including five district courts, a court of appeals, two magistrate and one bankruptcy court. The facility houses the courts and courts-related agencies for the U.S. Marshals and U.S. Trustees, satellite offices for the Federal Public Defender and U.S. Attorney, as well as the IRS Counsel and Appeals, Department of Labor, Federal Railroad Retirement Board, DoD/Defense Contracts Audits, and the U.S. General Services Admninistration's Nebraska Property Management Center. Security systems include a main entrance pavilion that houses the facility's security check station. DLR Group was the Architect of Record for this project, providing architecture and engineering services.