U.S. Courthouse, San Diego

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This $300-million courthouse is designed to be in use for 100 years.

After enduring a decade of planning and funding issues, the project team delivered this $300-million courthouse, which is designed for a 100-year life span. The 18-story facility features cement terrazzo flooring, extensive millwork and frameless interior glazing. Architectural cast-in-place concrete is used throughout the LEED-Gold building's exterior plaza as well as on the structure's tower facade. The $55-million exterior curtain wall is made of terra-cotta panels, glass and aluminum and meets federal blast-resistance standards. The courthouse's steel structure can withstand a progressive collapse.

Key Players

Contractor Hensel Phelps, Irvine

Owner U.S. General Services Admin., San Francisco

Lead Design Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP, Los Angeles

Structural Englekirk & Sabol Inc., Los Angeles

Civil Moffatt & Nichol, Long Beach

MEP ARUP, Los Angeles; DEC Engineers, San Diego; Ila Zammit Engineering, San Diego; Spectrum Engineers, Salt Lake City

Building Enclosure Consultants Heitmann & Associates Inc.

Subcontractors Bergelectric Corp., Escondido; Black IPO, San Diego; C&C Glass, Chula Vista; Clark Pacific, Fontana; Enclos Corp., Pomona; Letner Roofing, Orange; Pacific Coast Steel, San Diego; Schmidt Fire Protection, San Diego; SME Steel Contractors, West Jordan, Utah; University Mechanical, El Cajon