LONG BEACH, Calif. – Clark Design/Build of California and Edgemoor Real Estate Services are part of the Long Beach Judicial Partners LLC, (LBJP) team that has been awarded a contract to design, construct, finance, operate, and maintain a new 545,000 square-foot court house in Long Beach. The project is being delivered under a unique public/private partnership agreement, which has a total development cost of approximately $490 million and a design-build cost of $343 million. Edgemoor is providing real estate development services for the project. Clark will lead the design and construction of the new Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach. When complete, the five-story building will house 31 courtrooms, as well as court administration offices, Los Angeles County lease space, and commercial and retail leasable space. The building will include below-grade secure inmate transfer facilities, detention facilities, and separate secure parking areas for judges. A five-level great room atrium enclosed on two ends by a cable-supported glass wall system will serve as the single entry point for the public and provide access to a secured central courtyard. Clad in deeply-articulated curtain wall and elements of stone, the project will span two city blocks in downtown Long Beach and replaces the functionally obsolete courthouse building one block away. In addition to the new building, the project team also will renovate and expand an existing 399,000 square-foot parking structure. This court building is the first social infrastructure project in the United States procured under the principles of Performance-Based Infrastructure (PBI) contracting. Under the PBI agreement, the California Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) will own the building and the Superior Court of Los Angeles County will occupy the space. The AOC will pay LBJP an annual, performance-based service fee for 35 years. The PBI delivery method will leverage the private sector’s access to financing, technological expertise, and management efficiency to quickly provide a high-quality facility that will serve the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. The LBJP team is sponsored by Meridiam Infrastructure North America, a long-term equity fund based in the United States and focused on infrastructure development. The team also includes facilities manager Johnson Controls of Milwaukee, as well as the design team of AECOM Services, Los Angeles, architect; Syska Hennessy Group, Los Angeles, MEP engineer; and Nabih Youssef Associates, Los Angeles, structural engineer. The project is scheduled for completion in August 2013.
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