Pete V. Domenici U.S. Courthouse
The Pete V. Domenici Federal Courthouse, constructed in 1998, is located within the central business district of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The General Services Administration (GSA) sought to better utilize the courthouse plaza area and create a more sustainable design. SGH provided waterproofing design services in support of the plaza revitalization project.
The courthouse is the first GSA project to achieve SITES certification. The project included rehabilitation of existing plaza waterproofing to address water entry concerns with a more functional and sustainable landscape design. Some of the sustainability objectives included consideration of water consumption, reuse of materials, reduction in energy use, increased potential as a natural habitat for plants and wildlife, and connection of the urban and landscape environment.
SGH collaborated with Rios Clementi Hale Studios on the design of plaza waterproofing. Highlights of our work include the following:
- Performed an on-site assessment of the existing waterproofing assemblies to determine the required repair strategies
- Provided recommendations for waterproofing options based on the most appropriate system for the intended use
- Assisted with the development of typical waterproofing details for terminations, penetrations, and tie-ins to the existing waterproofing
- Developed sketches for the plaza waterproofing to convey the design intent and for inclusion in the construction documents
- Prepared a waterproofing specification incorporated into project set
- Participated in on-site coordination meetings to discuss the scope and execution of the waterproofing and flashing
- Provided construction phase services, including review of contractor submittals and requests for information, resolution of issues uncovered during construction, and periodic site observations to compare the as-constructed work with the design intent