New Des Moines U.S. Courthouse

Rendering of East Locust Street and riverfront sides
Rendering of East Locust Street and riverfront sides. Courtesy of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

On April 18, 2016, GSA announced a new U.S. courthouse for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa had been identified as a top priority by the federal Judiciary, and discretionary funding included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 would be used to construct a new facility in Des Moines, Iowa.

Congress officially authorized construction of a new courthouse on Nov. 22, 2016.

Current status

The project currently is in the construction phase.

Latest updates

Construction is complete on the first through fifth floor slabs. Formwork and concrete placement for the sixth floor structure will take place throughout April and into early May. Construction of the building's structure will continue through the spring. GSA awarded the balance of the CMc contract in March.

Next milestone

Finish construction of structure and begin installation of precast exterior panels in July 2021.

Project details

Total authorized funding: $136,602,000 for site acquisition, design, construction, and related expenses
Project delivery method: Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc)
Lead design architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

Anticipated milestones:

  • June 2021: Design documents to be finalized
  • Fall 2022 (tentative): Construction completion
  • Winter 2023: Occupancy

Awarded contracts:

Final Environmental Assessment [PDF - 11 MB] | August 2018

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Last Reviewed: 2021-04-19