Wayne Lyman Morse Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

Eugene, OR

U.S. General Services Administration


DLR Group


JE Dunn Construction


Sustainable Stormwater

Services/Project Type
Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering
Site Development
Utility Infrastructure
Stormwater Management

The Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse expresses the courtrooms it holds within as discrete objects, referencing back to an earlier era of imposing, single-room courthouses. It was honored by the GSA for excellence in design. KPFF provided structural and civil engineering and surveying for the new 272,274-sf, five-story building with subterranean parking. The complex includes secure and separate loading and pedestrian entrances, six courtrooms, offices (including space for the U.S. Marshals Service), and an open public space.

Courtrooms are placed on the raised plane of the two lower office levels within fluid pavilions. Ribbons of steel envelop the upper levels. The dramatic entry, with portico and waterfall, leads to a three-story atrium and up a formal grand staircase to courtroom level. The grand hall, which accommodates waiting areas and public corridors, showcases vistas of the surrounding landscape and adjacent pavilions. The fourth floor houses mechanical systems and the top floor is reserved for the judges' chambers.

Civil work involved site development, utilities, drainage and grading for approximately 10 acres. 


Awards & Recognition

Design Excellence Honor Award in Architecture, General Services Administration, 2009

Design Excellence Honor Award in Construction, General Services Administration, 2009

Design Excellence Citation in Graphic Design/Signage, General Services Administration, 2009

Environmental Award for Green Strategies, U.S. General Services Administration

Building Team Platinum Award, Building Design + Construction, 2008

ACEC Oregon Grand Award, ACEC Oregon, 2008

AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Most Green, 2007

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Northwest & Pacific Region, Honor Award, 2007

American Institute of Architects (AIA) California Council, Merit Award, 2007

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Los Angeles, Merit Award, 2007

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Florida, Merit Award, 2007

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Orlando, Award of Excellence, 2007

Architecture magazine, Progressive Architecture (P/A) Award, 2008

Top Project, Northwest Construction, 2006

Top Projects (5), Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC Oregon), 2005

Top Projects (9), Northwest Construction, 2005

Design Award Citation- On the Boards Category, General Services Administration, 2003