GSA | Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse Annex

  • phase 1
  • $86M
  • 318,500 SF
  • 2002
  • in association
  • LEED Silver


  • 2003 Honor Award
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Western Mountain Region
  • 2003 Honor Award
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Colorado Chapter
  • 2003 Citation Award
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Denver Chapter
  • 2003 People’s Choice Award
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Denver Chapter
  • 2003 Distinguished Award in Architecture
  • American Institute of Architects
  • St. Louis Chapter
  • 2000 Renewable Energy in Buildings Award
  • Colorado Renewable Energy Society

This United States Courthouse Annex completes the four-block Federal Precinct in downtown Denver. Its urban site demanded utmost sensitivity to pedestrian and vehicular circulation, solar access and a secure environment.

The building incorporates ten district courts, four magistrate courts, and one special proceedings courtroom, as well as jury assembly, Clerk of the U.S. District Court, and U.S. Marshals Service Offices and Detention. A below grade connection links this facility to the existing District Courts building and its detention facilities. The design accommodates future expansion of 127,000 GSF.

AMD also participated in GSA’s Green Buildings Panel in Washington, DC, charged with assessing green building design opportunities. The panel evaluated possible green building systems, materials and delivery techniques for the Annex. The report summarizes low, moderate and high cost sustainable design features that were recommended for incorporation into the Annex, and will serve as a technical foundation for GSA’s green building project design. The building’s sustainable design features include under-floor air distribution, photovoltaics, post-occupancy energy modeling, high performance glazing, and waste management program.

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About AMD

We are a 50-person architectural firm located in Denver, Colorado. For over 40 years we have provided a full range of services including the planning, programming, and design of buildings for colleges, universities, schools, libraries, justice facilities, office buildings, cultural venues, and housing. We have twice been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Firm Award “a distinguished body of work” and numerous local, regional and national design awards.

We believe architecture has the power to heighten human well-being and illuminate our cultural values. We are driven by a standard of excellence which provides the highest level of ethics and professionalism to our clients. We embrace thoughtful and responsible design in all aspects of our lives and we constantly strive to create buildings of architectural significance and responsibility.

Our work is developed within a collaborative atmosphere which cultivates research, analysis, and deliberation into judicious decision-making at all levels. Vigorous exploration of client goals is coupled with a detailed examination of their functional needs. This understanding is artfully transformed into three-dimensional space which inspires the daily life within the building. Physical patterns and the cultural fabric of each place are carefully studied to appropriately respond to each site’s unique physical and social context. Materials and systems are selected which respect and sustain our planet and the thoughtful expression of building craft and technology are economically integrated to bring the defining statement of character and identity for each of our clients.

AMD Staff
  • Paul S. Haack, AIA
  • Andrew G. Nielsen, FAIA
  • David C. Pfeifer, AIA
  • Joey Carrasquillo, AIA
  • John D. Graham, AIA
  • Ronald L. Mason, FAIA
  • John D. Anderson, FAIA
  • Curt F. Dale, FAIA
  • Cathy Bellem, AIA
  • Ben Blanchard, AIA
  • John Everin, AIA
  • Erin Hillhouse, AIA
  • David E. Houston, AIA
  • Suzanne Dupée Minear, AIA
  • Kristin O’Connell, Assoc AIA
  • Cynthia Ottenbrite, AIA
  • James R. Taylor, AIA
  • Dan Bishop, AIA
  • Stephan Hall, AIA
  • Peter Koehler, AIA
  • Ryan Lutz, AIA
  • Jenna Michieli, AIA
  • Michael Stesney, AIA
  • Todd Swarts, AIA
  • Kristina Winn, AIA
  • Julie Zurakowski, AIA