On Friday, July 27, 2018, the Howard County Council voted 4-to-1 to approve the public-private partnership (P3) Project Agreement, signaling the Council’s continued support of the Project and marking a key milestone to clear the path for reaching commercial/financial close, scheduled for October 2018.
“This project has been talked about for more than 20 years and is long overdue,” said Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman. “We cannot adequately provide for the county’s judicial needs with the current facility and are looking forward to moving ahead with this exciting project.”
Circuit Court Administrative Judge Lenore R. Gelfman echoed the County Executive’s sentiments, saying: “We are very pleased the Council voted to approve this project. The existing courthouse is 175 years old -- safety, security and access to justice are paramount, all of which will be greatly improved in the new courthouse.”
ESJP’s proposed design for an efficient and secure 237,000 square-foot courthouse features a spacious security screening vestibule ahead of a four-story day-lit atrium that provides easy wayfinding for courthouse visitors. The design also includes office space and courtrooms for six judges; a large and comfortable jury assembly area; three distinct circulation paths appropriately separating the public, staff, and detainees; and an adjacent 691-space parking garage.
The Edgemoor-Star America Judicial Partners (ESJP) team, led by developer and equity members Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate and Star America Infrastructure Partners, also includes Clark Construction Group, Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK), Harkins Builders, and Johnson Controls, among others.
Thank you to Howard County elected officials and staff, our Project partners, local business and community leaders, and residents for your support of this much-needed, innovative Project.
Please click here to view Howard County’s press release.