The $245-million Duval County Unified Courthouse Facility in Jacksonville, Fla., is a seven-story, 800,000-sq-ft concrete-framed building with a facade of precast concrete panels and glass. The building contains 51 courtrooms, more than 70 judicial offices and space for court administration, clerk of courts and corrections.

Photo by John Randle
The Duval County Unified Courthouse won an Award of Merit in the Government-Public Buildings category of this year's Best Projects contest.
Photo by John Randle
The seven-story, 800,000-sq-ft, concrete-framed building facility features a facade of precast concrete panels and glass.

Before foundation work started, the team discovered that the city had not completely updated the as-built documents for the site's underground utilities after they had been relocated based on an earlier design for the building. That version of the project had been ultimately rejected in favor of the current design by KBJ Architects.

As a result, the Turner Construction-led team found that major communication duct banks, shown in the documents as being located in the easement, actually encroached upon the new project's footprint. Instead of moving the duct banks again, the team shifted the building footprint 20 ft to the east and 5 ft south. Construction began in 2009. Another shift came much later in the project when a credit union and a cafe became tenants. The team had to make design changes quickly without extending the schedule.

The facility has received LEED-Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the largest LEED-certified building of its type in the U.S and the second-largest LEED project in Florida.

Award of Merit, Government-Public Buildings

Duval County Unified Courthouse Facility, Jacksonville, Fla.

Key Players

Contractor Turner Construction Co., Jacksonville

Owner City of Jacksonville, Department of Public Works

Architect KBJ Architects, Jacksonville

Structural Engineer McVeigh & Mangum Engineering, Jacksonville

MEP Engineer TLC Engineering for Architecture, Orlando