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Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. CourthouseCase Study: Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse

The beautiful, neo-classical Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse is home to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, U.S. District Court, U.S. Trustees, the U.S. Department of Agriculture the Federal Public Defender’s office and the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Ohio Service Center. It was connected to Cleveland Thermal’s district steam and chilled water system in the mid-1990s. A humidification system was installed with the district energy system to protect the building’s original artwork in its historic courtrooms and preserved postal lobby.

From 2000 to 2005, the 245,000 square foot facility underwent a $51 million renovation. The building was able to achieve both LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and ENERGY STAR certifications as well as numerous architectural awards for historic preservation, engineering and sustainable design.

In addition, a condensate reclamation system was installed as part of the steam service for use in pre-heating all of the building’s domestic hot water.

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