Broward County Courthouse | 20 Floors | 355 ft | Under Construction

After many years of debate, the Broward County commission finally approved a $178.7 million contract today with Cummins Construction to begin work on the new courthouse.

Architect is AECOM Design of Miami, in a joint venture with Cartaya & Associates Architects and Heery International.


  1. langbro

    June 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    From the architect:

    The 18-acre campus includes a county office building, the county jail, three courthouse buildings, energy center, and a parking garage; the master plan is designed to accommodate growth through 2030 and beyond. A series of pedestrian parks and plazas and a riverfront promenade will create a new civic campus.

    The new 730,000-square-foot courts building will occupy a 1.55-acre portion of the campus and will be a 20-story high-rise structure providing state-of-the-art courtrooms and office space. The new building includes 355,000 square feet of administrative office space for several government agencies. The building will house 74 courtrooms and hearing rooms for the county criminal, juvenile dependency, juvenile delinquency, domestic relations, magistrates, probate, county civil, and circuit civil courts components. The litigation spaces are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of each court department and include a mixture of 500 to 700 square foot hearing rooms and courtrooms ranging in size from 1,000 to 2,200 square feet. Support space for the building includes extensive areas for the Clerk of Court, State Attorney, court administration, and sheriff functions. Additional support spaces include secure bridges for prisoner and judges’ circulation, as well as a public connector between the new building and the existing east and north wings of the courthouse. A 34,000-square-foot shell floor will allow for future expansion. A 500-car garage will provide secure parking for staff and judges and will link to several buildings on the campus. The garage will also provide dedicated space for facility management shops, staff, and vehicles as well as retail and office space facing the new entry plaza.

  2. sandman

    August 9, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Demolition of the garage currently on the site is set to begin on August 24, which will allow for the construction of the new courthouse to begin.

  3. sandman

    August 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm

  4. langbro

    September 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    reports that there are some minor injuries as the garage collapsed while being demolished

  5. sandman

    September 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    [COLOR=#003399][FONT=verdana]County Receives Master Building Permit for Main Tower; Construction to Begin Mid-October[/COLOR][/FONT]
    Broward County has received the Master Building Permit authorizing construction of the new courthouse tower. The permit clears the way for the contractor to begin construction on the main portion of the building. The contractor has completed installation of test piles and it is anticipated that in Mid-October, actual construction on the Main Tower will begin.

  6. langbro

    November 27, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Project Timeline

    December 2012
    Installation of new drainage along Courthouse Drive
    Mobilization of Tower cranes
    Dewatering and sheet piles
    December 5, 2012 Demo existing drainage along Courthouse Drive
    Nov.-Dec. 2012
    Mobilization activities JAC & OCPM
    Installation of concrete auger cast piles for Tower
    Modifications to existing 12” water main along Courthouse Drive
    November 26, 2012 Installation of new 16” water main along S.E. 6th Street
    November 19, 2012 Demo existing duct bank, vault, sidewalk and water main along Courthouse Drive
    November 12, 2012
    Reconfiguration of Maintenance of Traffic on 6th Street
    Installation of new sanitary sewer along Courthouse Drive
    October 15, 2012 Contractor receives second notice to proceed on elevated walkway between the Courthouse and North Wing building and new elevator core for the west building.
    October 8, 2012 Steel sheet piles along Courthouse Drive are installed.
    September 7, 2012 Concrete test piles installed.
    September 4, 2012 Mobile crane for foundation pile work is erected.
    September 1–28, 2012 FPL underground electrical work begins along Courthouse Drive.
    August 22, 2012 Demolition of West Parking Garage begins.
    August 21, 2012 Groundbreaking ceremony held.
    August 20, 2012 Demolition of plaza area and pedestrian walkway.
    August 18, 2012 Temporary fencing installed around garage perimeter. Plaza area closed.
    August 2, 2012 West Parking Garage closed.
    July 2012 Initial agreements are negotiated and signed.
    June 12, 2012 BCC awards construction contract to James A. Cummings, Inc.
    May 25, 2012 Final set of design plans submitted by The Spillis Candela & Partners/Heery/Cartaya Joint Venture, the project’s design consultant.

  7. langbro

    December 14, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Construction update:

    1000 car garage scheduled for completion in 2013. Tower scheduled for completion in 2015. 500 car garage scheduled for completion in 2017.

  8. yellows2k

    February 8, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    progress photos

  9. langbro

    May 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Construction progress

  10. langbro

    June 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Construction update:

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