A new 20-story, 714,000-square-foot Broward County Courthouse is being constructed in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The project includes 714,000-square-feet of new office space featuring 77 courtrooms with additional space for expansion, an improved flow for visitors and courthouse agency employees, and improved security screening areas. Estimated completion date is Summer 2015, and project managers say that they are well underway to meeting that timeframe. Visit this website frequently for the latest updates.
Construction Site Webcam
If you drive or walk by the new Broward County Courthouse construction site on SW 6th Street, you will see that the new, state-of-the-art LEED-certified building is quickly rising from the ground. There is much more to this project than just a new courthouse building, including improved access to the jail and parking facilities and an option to expand in the future if the need arises.
Several pedestrian bridges will connect the new building with the east and north wings of the current courthouse. Extensive underground utility work is required beneath the bridges that will allow for connectivity between the two buildings. Next up: the foundation for the bridges which will constructed between the new building and the old courthouse, the Midrise building and the County Jail.
- Safety First: To make the construction area safe for pedestrians along 6th Street, particularly around the entrance to the building, on-street parking is prohibited for the duration of construction. This should help eliminate congestion and potential hazards as construction progresses.
- Thinking Ahead: The project team is already planning the logistics of moving employees into their new space. Issues being addressed include security for the new facility and the procurement of furniture and other office needs. Court staff is being encouraged to think now about their needs in the larger building.
- Parking Progress: Building permits have been issued by the City of Fort Lauderdale for the 500 car parking garage to serve the complex, along with the current garage to the east of the site. Construction crews are preparing the foundation for the garage, and installing piles to handle the weight of the new parking facility and ensure the integrity of the historic Coca-Cola building nearby and adjacent to the existing 1,000 car garage.
The Midrise building project will help to consolidate some functions within the County-owned facility from managing leased spaces, to achieve cost savings and operational efficiencies. Sub-projects include architectural and engineering upgrades that reduce office space requirements to bring down rental cost. For example, the Public Defender and State Attorney staff will be relocated from leased space to the third and fourth floors of the Midrise Building. The first and second floors of the building are being reconfigured for Broward Sheriff's Office and Clerk of the Court.