Boora Architects

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Arts Centers
Campus Buildings
Civic Buildings
Custom Homes
K-12 Schools
Mixed Use
Planning
Renovation
Sustainability
Workplaces
Bodyvox Dance Center
Collin County Center for the Arts
Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Mesa Arts Center
Old Dominion University - GoodeTheatre
PICA 2004 Temporary Theater
PICA 2005 Temporary Art Center
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Portland State University - Lincoln Hall
Scripps College - Music Building
UC Davis Mondavi Center
University of Oregon - Music + Dance
UT Austin - Bass Concert Hall
UTPB-Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Virginia Tech - Integrated Arts Center
Walton Arts Center
Community College of Denver
Dartmouth College Hopkins Arts Center
Earlham College Fine Arts Complex
Earlham College Science Building
Harvey Mudd College - Learning Building
Lewis & Clark College Gregg Pavilion
Michigan State - Cook Recital Hall
Old Dominion University - GoodeTheatre
Oregon State Univ - Classroom Building
Portland State University - Lincoln Hall
Scripps College - Music Building
Stanford - Knight Management Center
Stanford - Nano Engineering Center
Stanford - Huang Engineering Center
Stanford--BioE-ChemE Building
Stanford - Y2E2 Building
UC Davis Mondavi Center
UC Santa Cruz - McHenry Library
University of Oregon - Music + Dance
UT Austin - Bass Concert Hall
UTPB-Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Virginia Tech - Integrated Arts Center
Collin County Center for the Arts
Federal Reserve Bank NW Headquarters
Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse
McMinnville Courts/Council Building
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Vernonia K-12 School
Boles/Kahle Beach House
Boora Beach House
360 House
The Step House
Kitchel Residence
The Tower House
Coastal Residence
Baker Prairie Middle School
Beaverton School District
Central Catholic High School Expansion
Clackamas High School
Crystal Springs Upland School
David Douglas Early Learning Center
Happy Valley Middle-Elementary School
Newberg High School Infill Expansion
St. Mary's Academy Commons Addition
Vernonia K-12 School
Mesa Arts Center
North Pearl District Master Plan
HOYT Block 15 Condominiums
The Encore Condominiums
The Metropolitan Condominiums
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Collin County Center for the Arts
Happy Valley Middle-Elementary School
Mesa Arts Center
North Pearl District Master Plan
Stanford Science & Engineering Quad
UC Davis Mondavi Center
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Bodyvox Dance Center
Boora's Office Renovation
Lewis & Clark College Gregg Pavilion
Newberg High School Infill Expansion
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Portland State University - Lincoln Hall
Legal Office Tenant Improvement
Scripps College - Music Building
St. Mary's Academy Commons Addition
UC Santa Cruz - McHenry Library
University of Oregon - Music + Dance
UT Austin - Bass Concert Hall
Baker Prairie Middle School
Boora's Office Renovation
Clackamas High School
North Pearl District Master Plan
One Waterfront Place Office Building
Portland State University - Lincoln Hall
Stanford - Knight Management Center
Stanford Science & Engineering Quad
UC Davis Mondavi Center
Vernonia K-12 School
Adidas Village (American Headquarters)
Boora's Office Renovation
Corporate Dining - Japanese Cafe
Corporate Lobby Renovation & Sky Lounge
Federal Reserve Bank NW Headquarters
FINE Design Group
Flexible High Tech Office Design
LEED Platinum Office Improvement
Cloud Computing Offices & Amenities
Legal Office Tenant Improvement
High Tech Human Resources
High Tech Office Redesign
Literary Arts
One Waterfront Place Office Building
The Metropolitan Condominiums

Rising 16 stories, the Mark O. Hatfield US Courthouse will house the Portland operations of the United States Courts, completing the government center district in downtown Portland surrounding the historic Lownsdale and Chapman Square parks.  The 563,000-square-foot courthouse provides space for 21 district and magistrate courtrooms, judges chambers, and support spaces including offices for the Clerk of the Court, the US Marshalls, the circuit library, probation, and pretrial.  Below the building, structured parking accommodates 194 cars.   Boora served as the design team's executive architect, while Kohn Pederson Fox served as design architect.

Within the conditions of the site, the design balances the authority of the US judiciary with the openness and accessibility of a democratic system of government.  A tower accommodates two courtrooms and two chambers per floor, with a special proceedings courtroom on the uppermost floor.  The west side of the tower, which overlooks the government center park, contains the lobbies outside each of the courtroom pairs.  The 18-foot-high clear glass wall of each lobby expresses the proceedings taking place inside while allowing views to the park below and the verdant Tualatin Mountains immediately to the west of downtown Portland.


Within the tower, the courtroom block is defined by the limestone-clad box of a structural moment frame.  Around each courtroom, restricted corridors provide separate and secure circulation through the building for judges, defendants, and visitors.  On the east side of the building, the judges' chambers are stacked to provide views of Portland's Willamette River and Oregon's Mount Hood.


Assymetrically composed at the base of the tower, an eight-story sidecar houses administrative and library facilities for the courts and the US Marshalls.  The sidecar's height is limited to that of adjacent buildings, including the county courthouse across the park and the justice center to the south.  The sidecar thus reinforces the precedent of eight-story buildings delineating the edges of the government center park while mediating the monumental height of the courtroom tower.  A public garden on the roof of the sidecar overlooks the parks and the Willamette  River and features sculpture by Tom Otterness, part of the General Services Administration's Art in Architecture program.

Other government buildings

Anchorage State of Alaska Courthouse

City of McMinnville, Oregon, City Facilities Master Plan

City of McMinnville, Oregon, Civic Hall

City of McMinnville, Oregon, Public Safety Building

Federal Reserve Bank Pacific Northwest Headquarters

Wayne L. Morse US Courthouse Furniture Acquisition
Selected publications

Architecture
"Federal Courthouses," January 1, 1996

Architecture
"GSA Design Awards," May, 1995

Architecture
"Search for Justice," November, 1997

International Design
"44th Annual Design Review," July, 1998

New York Times Magazine
"Monuments to a Crime-Fearing Age," May 1, 1995

Progressive Architecture
"New Courthouse for Portland," October, 1993

Washington Post
"Grace in Government," March 10, 1995

World Architecture
"Balance of Justice," July 1, 1998
Awards

American Institute of Architects (Portland Chapter)
Honor Award, 1997

American Institute of Architects (Pacific Region)
Honor Award, 1999

American Institute of Architects (Western International Design Awards Program)
Certificate of Recognition, 2000
Certificate of Recognition (Unbuilt), 1994

United States General Services Administration
Honor Award, 1998
Honor Award (Unbuilt), 1994