New Des Moines U.S. Courthouse

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa

On 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 project currently is in the construction phase. Design development was completed in December with review and pricing to be complete by mid-February.

Latest updates

General excavation with removal of the former footings is complete. Augered pier work will start in early February followed by pile cap installations. Early work packages for the deep footings and site utilities are awarded with additional work packages' pricing and negotiation to follow in February.

Next milestone

Selection of artist(s) for Art in Architecture program is scheduled for spring 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:

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

Awarded contracts:

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

News releases

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Last Reviewed: 2020-02-03