United States Courthouse, San Diego

San Diego

San Diego’s new federal courthouse covers 2.6 urban acres with a build program that links new and existing federal buildings with landscaped gardens, plazas and a series of pedestrian walkways. The structure includes 14 federal courtrooms with an initial build out of 21 chambers.

Richard Meier’s design called for a 16-story tower clad in terracotta and glass with minimal supports that increase the amount of natural daylight throughout the structure at its east/west orientations. The east elevation offers commanding views of the surrounding city and bay area below.

Off-site prefabricated concrete panels provided by Clark Pacific were initially called out as Cast-in-Place elements, but prefabricated system proved to be much more feasible and economical for the project.


Facts and Figures

State: CA

City: San Diego

Building Type: Courthouse

Square Feet: 49552

Year Completed: 2012

Job Number: 502





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