IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton designed the modernization of the Emanuel Celler US Courthouse, which involved replacing the facility’s primary infrastructure and restoring the facility's courtrooms and chambers. Originally completed in 1961, this 300,000-sf building is part of the Brooklyn US Court Civic Center.
The building-wide modernization of the nine-story courthouse significantly enhances its superstructure, exterior envelope, and MEP, Fire Protection, and Voice/Data/Telecomm systems. The scope of work included conference rooms, administrative offices, internal circulation, and the court system’s associated tenants. Current court standards were met for security, technology, accessibility, and way finding. Our efforts increased efficiency and improved organization of the Court’s housing plan. Our primary goal was to retain significant features of this civic structure, such as the vintage courtrooms, chambers, and public space, while integrating infrastructure modernizations to meet modern standards.