New County Courthouse Becoming Part of the Fort Lauderdale Skyline
Construction of the New Broward County Courthouse continues at a rapid pace with the team completing the structure at a rate of two floors per month. To date, the building structure is almost 75 percent complete. The 15th floor has been poured and work is well underway for the 16th. The building’s superstructure is on track for completion in 2014.
The courthouse’s exterior of precast concrete and glazed window units is progressing in lockstep with the building’s structure. The precast concrete units are complete through the fifth floor and as each floor is completed the installation of glazing follows. The interior of the building is also taking shape. Masonry walls in the detention areas, framing for partition walls, plumbing, fire protection, electrical and air conditioning systems are all being installed on the lower floors.
Courthouse Drive will be changing dramatically over the next few weeks. Work will begin on the elevated bridge that will connect the new courthouse tower to the remaining east and north wings of the courthouse and provide for prisoner movements from the Main Jail. The contractor will mobilize a crane along Courthouse Drive during the first week of November with installation of auger-cast piles following immediately and lasting through December 2013. The project team is working to ensure “business as usual” along Courthouse Drive with minimal affect and disruption from construction activities.
1,000-Car Parking Garage
The garage site along Andrews Avenue has been completely transformed since the start of the garage construction last March. The garage superstructure is nearing completion. Work is proceeding with the first floor office space, which will house the Guardian ad-Litem. The garage is scheduled for initial operation in mid-Spring, 2014.
Staff has finalized the agreement with the design consultant for consideration by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. The project scope includes:
- Relocation of Public Defender staff currently occupying leased space to the third floor of the Midrise. This project includes architectural and engineering upgrades.
- Relocation of State Attorney staff to the fourth floor of the Midrise from leased space.
- Reconfiguration of the first and second floors of the Midrise for Broward Sheriff’s Office and Clerk of Courts.
Courthouse Complex Fast Facts
- The finished courthouse project will include 2,000 doors, 11,500 energy efficient light fixtures, and 5,300 tons of reinforced steel (that’s 11,681,200 pounds!).
- The 1,000-car parking garage at the corner of Andrews Ave. and S.W. 7 Street, when functional next spring, will be one of the largest parking structures in Fort Lauderdale. Design elements will include landscaping that will largely obscure the garage from the street and also help to shade and cool the structure.
- As construction continues this fall, project coordinators will be planning for the physical move in 2015, developing stakeholder group meetings, security planning and operational transition plans.
- Functionally Integrated Public Art
In support of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners initiative to encourage art in public places, the new Courthouse will include, among other art projects, a “fully functional and integrated public art project” called FLOW. Designed by south Florida artist Margi Nothard, FLOW, a large scale public art project for the exterior breezeway and plaza space, is in the conceptual design phase. FLOW will transform an exterior public space and artistically connect justice, the environment, history and downtown urban spaces.
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