San Diego United States Courthouse

About the Project

The San Diego United States Courthouse is an 18-story tall building that sits adjacent to the existing Edward J. Schwartz Federal Building. This state-of-the-art facility has 35 feet of subterranean detention space, parking and administrative areas. The highly specialized structure incorporates architecturally exposed concrete and steel with a blast-resistant terracotta, glass and metal panel façade. The 100-year lifespan design includes robust interiors comprised of cement terrazzo, stainless steel and millwork.


To enhance the new courthouse, the project’s 2.6-acre master plan integrated the surrounding buildings, gardens, plazas, a water feature and pedestrian pathways. Service support areas are below-grade to enhance the aesthetics.

Quick Facts

  • Location San Diego, CA
  • Client General Services Administration
  • Architect Richard Meier and Partners Architects LLP
  • Industry Government + Justice
  • Line of Business Construction
  • Delivery Method Design-Build
  • Completion Date October 2012
  • Duration 48 Months
  • Contract Value $ 300,000,000
  • Sustainability LEED Gold
  • Square Footage 467,000 SF



  • 2014 AISC ​Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel – Projects greater than $75M
  • 2013 ABC National Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award
  • 2013 ENR Best 2013 Projects Recognizing Excellence – Government/Public Building
  • 2012 AGC of California – Excellence in Partnering Award

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