New Courthouse Rising as Construction Hits
Work on the new Broward County Courthouse continues as construction crews have already topped off the fifth floor of the concrete superstructure. The imprint of the building is now evolving as work picks up at the SE 6th Street and SE 1st Avenue site. As the 20 floor project continues to rise, work on the parking garage and the renovation of the adjacent Midrise building is also following closely behind. Project managers say the project is on schedule.
Crews have begun the extensive underground utility work beneath the pedestrian bridges that will connect the new building with the east and north wings of the current courthouse. Next up: the foundation for the bridges which will be constructed between the new building and the old courthouse, the Midrise building, and the County Jail.
When completed, the new courthouse will include 105,000 of glass walls, 11,500 energy efficient light fixtures, and 5,300 tons of reinforced steel. The building is being built to LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Design) Silver Level certification.
The entire project’s scope will include 714,000-square-feet of new office space which will feature 77 new courtrooms along with additional space for expansion, an improved flow for visitors and courthouse agency employees, and improved security screening areas.
- To make the construction area safer for pedestrians along SE 6th Street, particularly around the entrance to the building, on-street parking has been eliminated for the duration of construction. Planners hope that this will eliminate congestion and potential hazards as construction increases in the coming months.
- Although occupancy for the new courthouse is not anticipated until 2015, the project team is already planning the logistics of moving employees and their offices into their new space. That includes the security for the new facility and the procurement of furniture and other office needs for the larger building.
- Building permits have now been issued by the City of Fort Lauderdale for the 500 car parking garage to serve the complex along with the current garage to the east of the site. As crews prepare the foundation for the garage, piles are now being installed to handle the weight of the new parking facility and ensure the integrity of the adjacent and historic Coca-Cola building.
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