San Diego Central Courthouse

Project Details


Rudolph and Sletten, Inc.
Construction Manager at Risk
Contract Amount: $451 Million

Judicial Council of California

San Diego, CA

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

704,000 Square Feet


Project Description

The 704,000-square-foot San Diego Central Courthouse is the largest project funded through Senate Bill 1407, which finances new and renovated court facilities using court user fees rather than the state’s general fund. The 71-courtroom, high-rise building provides the local community with a large, modern facility with high security features. 

The courthouse fills a 200-foot-by-300-foot city block bordered by B and C streets to the north and south, and Front and Union streets to the east and west. The 17-story, 370-foot tall courthouse designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill includes a tunnel from the courthouse to the nearby central jail, providing additional security for visitors to the courthouse.

The building replaces the former courthouse, family court and Madge Bradley Court, and is an important part of a modernization of San Diego’s downtown government district. The project achieved LEED Silver NC.


LEED Silver

“Several of the veteran industry professionals visiting from across the nation commented that this was among the cleanest, if not the cleanest project they had seen. Having walked the job as a guest of the owner in January, I was proud to assure them that this was not an anomaly for the benefit of our tour, but rather the norm for R&S.”
Joseph Hook