A government panel's selection of Cumberland Court apartments caps a 28-month search by the U.S. General Services Administration for a replacement site for the courthouse at Walnut and Locust streets, mainly to meet security requirements.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2009 and end in 2012. The government also would raze the nearby Quaker Meeting House.
The GSA is promising relocation assistance for Cumberland Court residents, who would move within two years.
In 2004, $26 million had been secured for the construction of a new federal courthouse, by U.S. Senators Santorum and Specter. Complete Architectural and Engineering (A/E) services are required for the design and construction of a new Federal Courthouse to house the U.S. Courts and Court-related agencies. The size of the building will be 24,432 gsm (262,970 gsf), including interior parking, and may house eight to twelve courtrooms (four District, two Magistrate and two Bankruptcy), as well as other court and court-related functions. The Estimated Construction Cost range is $70 million to $80 million. The facility will be designed in metric units and the building will also include GSA design standards for secure courthouses, as well as U.S. Marshals Service construction and security requirements. The project will provide a highrise facility that meets energy goals and includes sustainable design and construction practices (LEED).
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