The Jose V. Toledo Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse is listed on the U.S. Register of Historic Places. In the late 1990’s, planning began to update important government offices. Recovery of approximately 16,000 artifacts was made during preliminary site archeological work, due to the building’s location on the harbor in historic Old San Juan. The building was reinforced to withstand earthquakes, made ADA compliant, received additional security improvements and, wherever possible, original architectural materials were reused rather than replaced.
Pam Shadley led the early concept and design development phases of this project while a Principal with another firm. The site plan improved security, integrated accessibility improvements within the site, designed metal grillwork that both protected the building and fit its surface treatments into the historic fabric of Old San Juan, and provided attractive subtropical planting. The project received the following awards: GSA Design Honor Award in Historic Preservation (2003), John Wesley Powell Prize for Excellence in Historic Preservation from the Society for History in the Federal Government (2000), the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Chairman’s Award for outstanding federal preservation achievement (2002), and the American Institute of Architects New England Charter’s Honor Award (2002).