Cerami & Associates provided acoustical and audiovisual (AV) design services for the rehabilitation of the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse complex. The 720,000 sf building is split into two towers; the lower tower and the upper tower both house the Large District Courtrooms, and the District Courtrooms and US Court of Appeals reside on the upper floors.
Our acoustical consultants surveyed existing conditions in representative courtroom spaces to comply with the US Courts Design Guide. We then specified supplemental acoustical absorption for the ceilings and walls, as the majority of spaces consisted of primarily hard, acoustically reflective surfaces.
Cerami also upgraded more than 20 Courtrooms with state-of-the-art AV systems. The functions of the Courtrooms include local audio reinforcement, local video presentation of evidence, audio conferencing and videoconferencing. Video and data images can be easily viewed from several LCD monitors, strategically placed throughout the courtroom. Throughout the project, we have worked to ensure the AV systems being implemented will help simplify court proceedings, and that acoustical solutions would provide clarity of voice, making the courthouse an efficient house of justice.