18-Story Courthouse In Downtown San Diego

Nearly a century after the first courthouse was completed in what is now known as Old Town, America’s Finest City—San Diego—has embarked on a new era of “justice for all.” Under the direction of the General Services Administration (GSA), world-renowned architects Richard Meier & Partners LLP provided design of the new  United States Federal Courthouse whose “slender and elegant” tower now rises majestically into the San Diego skyline. The 16 stories above ground accommodates the U.S. Marshals Service, as well as government offices, courtrooms and judges’ conference rooms.

In preparation for construction, Berg’s 3-D modeling team identified several concerns related to installation requirements for bus ways in the lower level, as well as spatial conflicts with mechanical equipment and clearances. After presenting its case to the design team, Bergelectric received approval to take the lead on a redesign that resulted in the decision to install over four miles of raceway underground rather than being exposed within the building.

In addition to responsibility for complete electrical installation of power and lighting for the 463,733-sf federal courthouse complex, Berg provided a design-build fire-alarm system, as well as the backbone infrastructure for tel/data, AV and security. Armed with the lessons learned on other federal courthouse projects around the country, Bergelectric offered enhancements to San Diego’s security system based on input from the end-users themselves—the U.S. Marshal Service.

Size
500,000-square feet
18-Stories

Electrical Construction Cost
$19.7 Million

Duration
April 2009 – July 2013

Delivery Method
Design-Bid-Build

LEED
Gold

Technology Systems
Fire Alarm
Tel-Data
Security
Audio/Visual

Other Team Members
Hensel Phelps
Richard Meier & Partners
ARUP Engineers

Berg Regional Office
San Diego

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