Unique Public/Private Partnership Paves Way for New Long Beach Court Building
Long Beach Judicial Partners LLC (LBJP) has been awarded a contract to design, construct, finance, operate, and maintain a new 545,000 square-foot courthouse in Long Beach. The project is being delivered under a unique public/private partnership agreement, which has a total development cost of approximately $490 million and a design-build cost of $343 million.
When complete, the five-story building will house 31 courtrooms, as well as court administration offices, Los Angeles County lease space, and retail leasable space. The building will include below-grade secure inmate transfer facilities, detention facilities, and separate secure parking areas for judges. A five-level great room atrium enclosed on two ends by a cable-supported glass wall system will serve as the single entry point for the public and provide access to a secured central courtyard. Clad in deeply-articulated curtain wall and elements of stone, the project will span two city blocks in downtown Long Beach and replaces the functionally- obsolete court-house building one block away. In addition to the new building, the project team also will renovate and expand an existing 399,000 square-foot parking structure.
This court building is the first social infrastructure project in the United States procured under the principles of Performance-Based Infrastructure (PBI) contracting. Under the PBI agreement, the Judicial Council of California (JCC) will own the building, and the Superior Court of Los Angeles County will occupy approximately 80% of the space. The JCC will pay LBJP an annual, performance-based service fee for 35 years. The PBI delivery method will leverage the private sector’s access to financing, technological expertise, and management efficiency to quickly provide a high-quality facility that will serve the Superior Court of Los Angeles County.
The Long Beach Courthouse team was organized by Meridiam Infrastructure North America, a long-term equity fund based in the United States and focused on infrastructure development. Clark will lead the design and construction of the Courthouse with AECOM as the architect of record. Other design team members include Syska Hennessey Group, MEP Engineer of Record and Nabih Youssef Associates, Structural Engineer of Record. The team also includes Facilities Operations & Maintenance Management by Johnson Controls Inc of Milwaukee.
Design efforts began in January 2011. The project is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2013.
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