Howard County Circuit Courthouse

Ellicott City, Maryland
Howard County Circuit Courthouse
Howard County Circuit Courthouse
Howard County Circuit Courthouse
Howard County Circuit Courthouse
Howard County Circuit Courthouse
Howard County Circuit Courthouse
“Howard County’s new Circuit Courthouse is an outstanding achievement and a model for the rest of our country… our team has created a beautiful space that will improve our public safety, is environmentally sustainable, and provides greater access to justice for our community.”
Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive
Project description
The new Howard County Circuit Courthouse design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM) project is the first availability-payment structured municipal P3 to reach financial close and be delivered in the U.S. outside of California.
The Edgemoor-led team developed, financed, and now operates and maintains Howard County’s new 237,000 SF Circuit Courthouse, which includes space for the State’s Attorney, Sheriff, local Bar Association, Maryland Public Defender, Clerk of Courts, and more. The project also includes a cafeteria and staff fitness center, as well as an adjacent 691-space parking garage. The Edgemoor-led team delivered the project a day early and on budget, and the courthouse successfully transitioned to operations within days of substantial completion.
Project Type
Public Private Partnerships
Project Details
Size: 237,000 square feet + 691-space parking garage
LEED Gold (anticipated)

Best Social Infrastructure Project, P3 Bulletin, 2019 Gold Award
Best Financial Structure, P3 Bulletin, 2019 Gold Award
Justice Facilities Award, AIA, 2021
Grand Award for Engineering Excellence, American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia, 2022

Howard County Circuit Courthouse Lifecycle

We understand that every client is different and that each project will contain some, if not all, of the Project Lifecycle elements. The Howard County Circuit Courthouse, structured as a Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain project, included the following lifecycle elements: