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Judiciary Square Master Plan

Washington D.C.

The master plan developed by
IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton envisions a reinvigorated Judiciary Square which will become an important and symbolic setting and amenity to nationally significant historic buildings and the administration of justice. Judiciary Square consists of 23 acres in Washington central core. It is one of the major open spaces designated in L’Enfant master plan for the District of Columbia.

The Master Plan concept seeks to reintroduce green space to the area and create a Judiciary Square Master Plan “green precinct”. A strong perimeter definition to the Square is proposed through a combination of landscape and open space treatments that enhance its historic character. The Plan also seeks to resolve the important technical issues of access, service, circulation, and security. The proposed underlying mechanism for implementing the vision of the Master Plan is the creation of design guidelines to which future projects planned with the Square will be required to confirm.

The IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton team consisted of planners, architects, traffic specialists, landscape architects, historic consultants and geotechnical engineers. The team assembled a major existing conditions report for Judiciary Square, a benchmark in development projects for the area.
IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton also orchestrated institutions in the immediate area as well as regulatory authorities and civic organizations. Our team developed landscape and circulation alternatives to address both technical and historic issues related to the development and rehabilitation of the Square. The Master Plan developed went through an extensive public review process, including an Environmental Assessment, Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Review, Nation Capital Planning Commission Review and US commission of Fine Arts Review. The plan was approached in 2005, amended in 2012 and is currently being implemented.