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Federal Justice In El Paso

The new Federal Courthouse in El Paso, Texas, is a civic monument that defines the edge of the city’s downtown, framing a magnificent view toward Mount Franklin, This is according to the world-renowned design firm of Antoine Predock Architects, winner of an international design competition held by the US General Services Administration.

The new facility, which covers an entire city block, is comprised of an 8 story tower, a 4-story “nugget” and 2-story lobby – all of which must be constructed around an historic Catholic Church that is situated on the northwest corner of the block. “This is a highly constrained site,” noted Berg General Foreman Bob Atkins. “We’re utilizing our creative expertise in working around an historic structure, as well as in urban environments–there are no storage or lay-down areas for materials and equipment and no parking for our workforce in the area,” he added.

Among Berg’s other trials on this project are the need for safety precautions in deep excavations, as well as high-rise construction and coordination with other trades on the congested work site. To ensure everyone’s safety, Berg has provided an onsite safety manager to regularly monitor and train personnel in everything from fall protection and equipment operation to lock-out procedures.

Size
300,000-square feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$6.6 Million

Duration
March 2006 – December 2012

Delivery Method
Design-Bid-Build

Other Team Members
Caddell Construction
BPLW Architects & Engineers

Berg Regional Office
Austin

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