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 of foundations and footings were completed in July. Construction of the first floor slab began in early August and is nearly complete. Form work for the second floor is being erected throughout September and October. Construction of the elevated structure will continue through spring 2021.

Additional early work package pricing and negotiations are continuing, along with estimate reconciliation of the 75% construction documents that were submitted to GSA in June. Mock-ups for various components are planned for September or October of 2020.

Next milestone

Selection of artist(s) for Art in Architecture program is scheduled for fall of 2020.

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:

  • Fall 2020: Selection of artist(s) for Art in Architecture program
  • December 2020: Final design
  • Fall 2022 (tentative): Construction completion

Awarded contracts:

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

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Last Reviewed: 2020-09-25