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Daniel P Moynihan Court House
500 Pearl St.
New York, NY 10007-1316
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Upon its completion in 1994, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse at 500 Pearl Street in the lower Manhattan civic center of New York City was the largest federal courthouse in the nation. The 932,536 gross square foot courthouse was begun in 1991 as part of the U.S. General Services Administration?s Foley Square Project, which also included the development of the nearby Ted Weiss Federal Office Building at 290 Broadway (the first federal building in the nation to earn the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance). Both projects were initially designed to include energy-efficient technologies as the buildings were being developed.


The 26-story Moynihan Courthouse, with its 29 district judge courtrooms, 14 magistrate judge courtrooms, special courtroom for mega-trials and ceremonies, and 42 chambers, provides for the efficient functioning of today?s modern courts. In addition to offering state-of-the-art telecommunications for the courts, the building was initially designed to include energy-efficient heating and air-conditioning, with electric chillers, variable frequency drives (VFDs), high efficiency motors, floor-by-floor air handler units, as well as energy-efficient lighting. Since the building?s opening, GSA has added energy-saving window film insulation, upgraded lighting fixtures to more energy-efficient ones, and also installed motion sensors.


The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has an energy-efficient building that also affords it with the ability to provide for the hearing impaired, television broadcasting, and audio-visual presentations. In addition, the building meets all modern security standards for federal courthouses.


This courthouse also features two works by notable artists. In the main lobby sits Justice by Ray Kaskey, while Sounding Stones, a sculpture by Maya Lin, graces the western plaza. The building was named in honor of former Senator Moynihan in December 2000.


As the federal government's workplace solutions provider, the U.S. General Services Administration works to foster an effective, sustainable, and transparent government for the American people, and the agency?s expertise in government workplace solutions includes effective management of government assets, such as the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse. GSA operates more than 9,600 government-owned or leased buildings, including a number of federal facilities across the country that have earned the ENERGY STAR.





Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by GSA/PBS Region 2 or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

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Building Owner:*
GSA/PBS Region 2

Property Manager:*
GSA/PBS Region 2

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2010 (75)

Facility Type: Courthouse

Total Floorspace: 824692 sf

Year Constructed: 1994

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions