Warren Burger Federal Building and US Courthouse Renovation

Interior Architecture Award Submission

As mid-century buildings reach the end of their useful life in terms of systems, our charge to re-use them is driven by recognition of their value as cultural artifacts and our responsibility to practice sustainable design. Of particular importance is how we touch these buildings and how design can reinforce existing conditions while looking forward to tell the story of a building’s life through generations of adaptation.

Our modernization design creates a new open image in a formerly a fortress-like building. Work included complete architectural, MEP and security upgrades. Of particular focus was the renovation of public spaces, including Lobby, Courtrooms, corridors, and Jury Assembly.

Our design is balanced, optimizing re-use of existing materials and integrating new elements. It compliments the mid-century architecture with a simple, elegant palette used judiciously to achieve impact and focus on key elements. Proportion and module are derived from existing but detailed in a distinctly new manner. Security is integrated and flexible to allow change. The luminous lobby and courtroom ceiling design is a reinterpretation of the original, incorporating energy efficiency and state-of-the-art controls that improve functionality, render the natural beauty of the materials and enhance the character of these sacred spaces. LEED Silver Certified.

Teng + Associates
  • Michaud Cooley Erickson
General contractor
Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Saint Paul, MN