When selecting a location for a new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USCIS) Office, the General Services Administration looked to 4th Street Live! as an ideal spot. This office serves as a regional location for federal services related to immigration and naturalization. Therefore, the centralized downtown location with conveniences for both employees and users of the field office was the perfect location to meet the goal of increasing access to USCIS services for applicants in the Louisville regional area. Along with specific program needs, the GSA required certain sustainability requirements, specifically a LEED certification for the fit-up.
4th Street Live! had not completed a LEED project before and asked Paladin to support the design and owner teams in strategy development, credit documentation, and certification support. The 18,500 sq. ft. interior fit-up consists of new air terminal units, lighting, reworked plumbing, and electrical. The floor layout is efficiently organized into public and semi-public spaces; interview, customer services and supervisory areas; FO director offices and analyst open workstations; and back of house support and security functions. The project takes advantage of large, glazed openings and tall ceilings in the public waiting room, tenant teaming, and break rooms. Ceremonies, seminars, and other large events are held in the Natz Room directly adjacent to reception. While maintaining a quiet internal environment, employees have access to numerous nearby urban amenities in the downtown business district.