Duval County Courthouse

For information about court operations, please click here to be directed to the Duval County Clerk of Courts.

PROJECT TEAM:

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

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CURRENT PROJECT STATUS
COURTHOUSE RENDERINGS
BUDGET
PROJECT HISTORY
COURTHOUSE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE (CARC)
 

STATUS (current May 15, 2014):

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  • MAIN FACILITY
    • The new facility at 501 W. Adams Street opened Monday, June 18, 2012.
    • The final Certificate of Occupancy (CO) was issued May 3, 2013. 
  • 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.
  • 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
    • Construction and restoration throughout the rest of the building is on schedule to be complete in December 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.

Funding Sources:

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

 

PROJECT HISTORY:

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.  The new county courthouse opened to the public on June 8, 2012.


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. Bill Gulliford (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

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