GSA Jacob Weinberger Courthouse
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GSA Jacob Weinberger Courthouse

November 21, 2014
As part of the United States General Services Administration (GSA) Design Excellence Program, the First Impressions Program extends the GSA’s commitment to design excellence with a focus on redesigning/renovating lobbies, entries, and plazas in existing Federal occupied buildings. First Impressions is able to create lively, attractive spaces that welcome visitors while maintaining safe, quality workplaces for federal employees, shaping the public’s “First Impression” of the federal government.  Pfau Long Architecture was one of four architects selected by the GSA to provide conceptual design services under the First Impressions Program.

The conceptual study proposes simple modifications to the historic Jacob Weinberger Courthouse constructed in 1913 and restored in 1994:

A redesigned front entry plaza with new paving, planters, bollards and site lighting

A new permanent security screening station is proposed with materials which conform with historic preservation standards by blending with the old features without mimicry

The layout of the new screening station creates a distinct separation between the pre-screened and secure areas while improving queuing and circulation

Location / year

San Diego, CA / 2010

Project Type

Government Building
Office Building
Tenant Improvements

Principals in Charge

Peter Pfau, FAIA, LEED AP

Project Manager

Michael Jak, LEED AP

Square Footage

4,750 GSF

Photographic Credits

Pfau Long Architecture

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