New Des Moines U.S. Courthouse

Generic Court House Sign on Historic BuildingOn April 18, 2016, GSA announced a new U.S. Courthouse 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 design team continues to work on miscellaneous pre-site selection activities. Site selection and acquisition discussions are ongoing. A construction manager contract award is expected soon.

SEE 2017 Draft Environmental Assessment

Project Details

Total Authorized Funding: $136,602,000 (site acquisition, design, construction, and related expenses)
Project Delivery Method: Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc)
Lead Designer Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

Anticipated Milestones:

  • Preliminary Design | contingent on site selection
  • Final Design | contingent on site selection
  • Construction Start | contingent on site selection
  • Construction Completion | contingent on site selection

Awarded Contracts:

  • Jacobs Technology (Construction Manager as Agent, CMa) | May 2017
  • Neuman Monson Architects ​(Design Architect of Record) | July 2017

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