San Diego CourthouseCalifornia-based contractor Rudolph and Sletten will top-out the new San Diego Central Courthouse this week. The 25-story, $555 million project is expected to be ready for occupancy in early 2017 and will combine several of The Superior Court of San Diego County’s spaces while offering a full-service facility for criminal, civil, probate, family, and small claims matters, with space for court administration, security operations, and holding areas.

Located at 1100 Union Street in downtown San Diego, the development, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), is intended to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver standards.

Martin Sisemore, President & CEO, Rudolph and Sletten, said: “It is very rewarding to be a part of such an architecturally significant public project in the downtown urban core of the City of San Diego. The Judicial Council of California and SOM have been outstanding partners to develop this iconic building which will be used by hundreds of thousands of people.”

The limestone-faced, precast concrete tower and podium, along with a new public plaza, is being built on a former brownfield at the intersection of Union and C Streets. The full-block footprint of the courthouse supports the transformation of an adjacent lot into a new public park. Together, the courthouse and park will establish a pedestrian landscape of sidewalks, planter boxes, and trees.

Image credit: SOM