Duval County Courthouse
For information about court operations, please click here to be directed to the Duval County Clerk of Courts.
Senior Project Manager: Dave Schneider, P.E.
Owners' Consultant: AECOM Services, Inc. (f/k/a Spillis Candela DMJM)
Design/Build Consultant: Turner Construction with KBJ Architects
CLICK TO VIEW:
CURRENT PROJECT STATUS
COURTHOUSE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE (CARC)
STATUS (current April 26, 2013):
View Courthouse Renderings
- MAIN FACILITY
- The new facility at 501 W. Adams Street opened Monday, June 18, 2012.
- PUBLIC DEFENDER'S OFFICE
- The Public Defender's Office completed its relocation to its permanent offices in Jake Godbold Building the week of Oct. 17, 2011.
- Minor renovations remain to be done.
- STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE (Old Federal Courthouse)
- Re-roofing project completed Feb. 2007
- Exterior cleaning completed May 2008
- Demolition, lead paint remediation and debris disposal completed in Jan. 2012
- On Nov. 21, 2012, the Morganti Group of Orlando submitted the low bid to complete the OFC renovations, approx. $6 million over the city's budget.
- Public Works and Morganti have negotiated value engineering (VE) suggestions from subcontractors and partial shelling out of the first floor of the Old Federal Courthouse which has brought the cost down within the available funding, leaving a small contingency. These VE options and partial shell out are being discussed with the State Attorney’s Office. Received agreement from SAO on 4/22 to proceed with VE items and partial shell of 1st floor. Now must secure documentation of VE options and get Morganti under contract.
- Contract with Morganti has been executed and Notice to Proceed was issued for August 5, 2013. Construction is scheduled to complete in late fall of 2014.
- The City Council's Courthouse Oversight Committee has been engaged in discussions related to the completion of this project; click here to view meeting minutes/agenda.
TOTAL PROGRAM BUDGET:
The entire courthouse program budget is set by ordinance at $350 million. This figure includes $64.3 million spent to-date on property acquisition, utility relocation, and previous project efforts.
The budget covers expenditures for the unified court facility, renovations to the Old Federal Courthouse for the State Attorney's Office, and office space for the Public Defender.
Better Jacksonville Plan: $211 million
($190 million plus $21 million from 'vertical contigency')
Court Facilities Trust Fund: $811,000
Court Documents Facility: $3,397,000
Traffic Fine Surcharge: $48,292,000
COJ Capital Project Funding: $86.5 million
Duval County opened its current courthouse on East Bay Street over 50 years ago, in a time before consolidation and when the entire county's population was just over 450,000. It is only the fourth courthouse in the county's 175-year history.
In 2000, when the Better Jacksonville Plan passed, Duval County's population had swelled to over three-quarters of a million people. A county's judicial requirements directly correspond to its population, so while the number of people using the courthouse had grown significantly, the facility itself had not.
The original Better Jacksonville Plan work program earmarked $190 million for the courthouse project. That figure was increased by $21 million through funding from the BJP Vertical Contingency line item in the work program.
The initial effort to construct the courthouse was stopped in 2003. The city elected to pursue a design/build approach, and ultimately contracted with Turner Construction/KBJ Architects in 2008 to complete the project.
COURTHOUSE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE:
The CARC and its membership were established in Section 5 of Ordinance 2004-1339 and has been carried forward in the new courthouse legislation, 2007-401. The list below contains the persons currently holding the member positions named in the ordinance.
--CARC CHAIR: Jim Rinaman (Chair, Mayor's Courthouse Advisory Committee)
--Hon. Donald Moran (Chief Judge)
--James M. (Jim) Robinson, P.E. (Director of Public Works)
--Hon. William H. Bishop (Council President)
--District 4 Council Member Don Redman (District Council Member of the Courthouse Site)
--Dr. Ron Salem (Former chair of the BJP Citizens Oversight Committee)
--Timothy Miller, AIA (Chair of the Downtown Development Review Board)
11-16-07 CARC PowerPoint Presentation
11-16-07 CARC Meeting Minutes
5-21-09 CARC Meeting Minutes
1-21-10 CARC Pedestrian Bridge Presentation
1-21-10 CARC Meeting Minutes
8-13-10 CARC Meeting Minutes
*Note: viewing .pdf files requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, available for free from Adobe.