“I always thought that shorts were inappropriate for a federal courthouse,” Ms. Leal said. “But it’s either wearing it, or melting away.” — NYT
Fernanda Santos recently conducted an informal post-occupancy study for the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects. Located in Phoenix, Arizona the project opened in 2000 and employs "a process known as adiabatic cooling to regulate the temperature" in it's giant-glassed in atrium. Whether, talking to the security guards stationed therein, or visitors (lawyers, plaintiffs etc) Ms. Santos writes that while it is "a marvel of modern architecture. Much of it is also very HOT."