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Recently, Hensel Phelps Construction, was awarded the Excellence in Partnering Award for Projects over $50M by the Associated General Contractors of California.  This award recognizes the best project in terms of collaboration, teamwork and overall results.  In addition, this courthouse won a 2010 GSA Design Award.

The new U.S. Courthouse promises to be a landmark in the San Diego skyline. Construction on the $300 million project began in April 2006, when construction crews imploded the 90-year-old Hotel San Diego.  San Diego’s new federal courthouse covers 2.6 urban acres with a build program that links new and existing federal buildings with landscaped gardens, plazas and a series of pedestrian walkways. The structure includes 14 federal courtrooms with an initial build out of 21 chambers.

“The new San Diego courthouse will not only be a beautiful gleaming addition to the federal complex in San Diego,” said Jeff Neely, acting GSA regional administrator, “but its design seamlessly integrates ingenious components of energy efficiency, outstanding court and jury facilities and engaging public spaces. It is a perfect example of a truly civic building with stunning views, gardens, pedestrian pathways and a unique water feature.”

“San Diego should be proud of its new federal courthouse project, one of the nation’s premier federal buildings,” said GSA Administrator Martha Johnson.

Already, passers-by can see the design of the courthouse with its many high-ceiling windows to symbolize transparency, architects say.

This project’s partnering was facilitated by Paul Crotty of Ventura Consulting Group.

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