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.
Electrical Construction Cost
April 2009 – July 2013
Other Team Members
Richard Meier & Partners
Berg Regional Office
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