Justice In Fresno

Fresno’s judicial district currently has the sixth highest number of pending cases in the nation and will be home to 20 percent of California’s total population within a decade. So it was good news for the district when $105 million was successfully obtained for the new Fresno Federal Courthouse. Designed by Gruen Associates, the 8-story, 383,000-sf courthouse houses 13 state-of-the-art federal courtrooms, holding cells and offices for the U.S. Marshal.  It also replaced a 36-year-old facility that was seismically deficient, overcrowded and unsafe.  A joint venture between Dick Corporation, a Pennsylvania-based general contractor and California contractor Matt Construction, kept the project moving forward.  Bergelectric provided complete build-out of all electrical systems, including fire alarm, A/V and building security.

Berg developed special expertise working with metric measurements on numerous federal projects. According to Bergelectric’s Project Manager, “All of the measurements and schematics were metric, but all of the equipment was made in the U.S.—in Imperial inches. Everything had to be recalculated.”  The building is also blast-proof—if there is an explosion inside the building, the outer shell won’t collapse. “The blast protection mandates that 60 to 70 percent of the building have raised floors, so most of the electrical work took place under the floor and requires intensive coordination with other trades,” added McKeown.

Size
383,000-square feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$11.8 Million

Duration
April 2002 – January 2006

Delivery Method
Design-Bid-Build

Other Team Members
Straub Construction
RJC Architects

Berg Regional Office
San Diego

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