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 design phase. The design team began developing preliminary concepts in August 2018 for the selected site in accordance with GSA Design Excellence guidelines, and the final concept was approved May 22, 2019. The CMc and CMa are engaged in design phase services, providing cost and constructability input in to the preliminary concepts.

Latest updates

GSA released the approved design concept in May 2019.

Next milestone

Selection of artist(s) for Art in Architecture program is scheduled for summer of 2019.

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:

  • Summer 2019: Selection of artist(s) for Art in Architecture program
  • February 2020: Final design
  • Fall 2019 (tentative): Construction start
  • Fall 2022 (tentative): Construction completion

Awarded contracts:

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

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