Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse

Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse | Portland, OR

Urban Infill

Project Highlights

  • Separation of public, court, and
    high-security areas
  • 15 courtrooms
  • Rooftop gardens
  • Unique exterior stonework
  • Custom curtain wall

The 16 story, 570,000 square foot Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse is clad in Indiana limestone and rises to a height of 318 feet. The program includes secured underground parking, 15 courtrooms, offices for the U.S. District and Magistrate Judges, the Clerk of the Court, the U.S. Marshals Service, other federal agencies courtrooms, public spaces, a cafeteria, a law library and a large public garden on the 8th floor.

The innovative floor plan with two courtrooms beside each other creates a very clear separation between public, court, and high-security spaces. The distinctive curved roof at the 16th floor shelters a small terrace with planting area that provides stunning views of the Willamette River. Designed for longevity and with energy efficiency in mind, the building exceeded Oregon’s Energy Code by 29 percent when it was built in 1997.

The Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse received the GSA National Design Award.

Eric was the project’s Senior Designer while employed at a previous firm.