San Diego Downtown Courthouse

The 704,000-square-foot San Diego Central Courthouse will be the largest project funded through Senate Bill 1407, which finances new and renovated court facilities using court user fees rather than the state’s general fund.

The new 71-courtroom, high-rise building, schedule to open in 2016, will provide the local community with a larger more modern facility offering greater security. The current courthouse, 48 years old, poses security and ongoing maintenance issues.

“Our extensive experience in high-rise construction in earthquake-prone California along with our exceptional ability to build structures of superior quality on time and on budget are a few of the reasons we were awarded this project.”

The new courthouse is proposed to fill a 200-foot-by-300-foot city block bordered by B and C streets to the north and south, and Front and Union streets to the east and west. The 17-story, 370-foot tall courthouse designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill will replace a county building and potentially provide a tunnel from the courthouse to the nearby central jail, providing additional security for visitors to the courthouse.

The new building will replace the current courthouse, family court and Madge Bradley Court and will be an important part of a modernization of San Diego’s downtown government district.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the San Francisco architectural firm hired to design the courthouse, is scheduled to prepare preliminary plans in 2011 and working drawings in 2012. Construction would then proceed in late-2013.

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The Administrative Office of the Courts
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill


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