U.S. Courthouse Project, Harrisburg, PA
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will build a new U.S. Courthouse in the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The existing Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Harrisburg does not meet the federal government's security and expansion requirements. The 1960s era Reagan Building was initially built with two courtrooms and later, two more courtrooms were added. However, the four courtrooms are not enough to accommodate the increasing caseload of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.
On April 26, 2010, the site at 6th and Reily Streets was announced as the chosen site for the new U.S. Courthouse in Harrisburg, PA. The 30% design concept for the new U.S. Courthouse was completed by Ennead from New York, NY using the guiding principles of the GSA Design Excellence Program and approved during the summer of 2012. The design will include sustainable attributes aimed for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. This facility will accommodate the needs of the U.S. District and court-related agencies through year 2034.
In April 2013, GSA awarded a $373,000 contract to USA Environmental Management, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA for Site Demolition and Lot Consolidation services at the 6th and Reily Streets site. The demolition services removed nine 3-story row homes and one 1-story existing commercial structure; these activities were completed between May and October 2013.
From 2013-2015, the Federal Judiciary updated its 5 year plan to prioritize new courthouse construction nationwide. The U.S. Courthouse project for Harrisburg, PA ranked as the ninth overall priority for the Judiciary on its September 17, 2015 Courthouse Project Priorities list. As such, a portion of the $947 million appropriation included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 for courthouse construction was allocated to the project as part of the FY 2016 Expenditure Plan for the Federal Judiciary Program, which was transmitted to Congress on April 18, 2016.
The project is currently in design phase. GSA and the U.S. Courts are working together to update their space requirements for Harrisburg, PA, and GSA will proceed with the balance of design services required for the new U.S. Courthouse at the 6th and Reily Streets site. More details will be available in the future.