The downtown U.S. Courthouse that opened last year is the Grand Prize winner of the Los Angeles Business Council’s 47th annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards, the organization announced Thursday.

More than three dozen projects were recognized for their designs.

“This year, the LABC is honoring architects both locally and globally who are embracing creative design standards to create livable, sustainable cities that improve quality of life while creating jobs,” said LABC President Mary Leslie.

The courthouse at 350 W. First St. was singled out for its environmental sustainability features, for which it achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification. The LABC called it “a striking glass and steel riff on classic architectural principles that redefines high- performance green building.”

Other projects that were honored include:

— Los Angeles World Airport’s $14 billion Capital Improvement Program (Community Impact award);

— Metro’s Exposition 2 Light Rail Transit project (Chairman’s Award); and

— the Arts District’s La Kretz Innovation Campus, which won the Los Angeles and Mexico City Sustainable Real Estate Award, which honors the partnership between the two cities.

“Los Angeles is where art, culture and commerce come together and the Architectural Awards help us celebrate what L.A. offers to the world,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “This event helps strengthen cultural and economic ties with our international partners, and I thank the Los Angeles Business Council for making it possible.”

The Julius Shulman Emerging Talent Award, a scholarship award given to students from Los Angeles County architectural schools, went to Cal Poly Pomona students for their design of Block Party, a mixed-use residential building.

“These projects embrace cutting-edge design principles that help transform our daily lives for the better,” said county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who accepted the Chairman’s Award for the Expo Line. “By recognizing projects that put sustainability and mobility at the heart of their design, we can help set a new precedent that ensures that Los Angeles retains its key position as one of the most livable and productive cities in the world.”

–City News Service

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