Located at the intersection of Union and C streets, the new San Diego Central Courthouse takes shape. Morley Construction is providing the concrete services for this 704,000-square-foot criminal, family, and civil courts building in the heart of downtown San Diego. Encompassing a full city block, the courthouse includes a new 182-foot-long pedestrian bridge connecting the new courthouse with the existing adjacent Hall of Justice. The new 23-story tower with 71 courtrooms will replace three existing court buildings.

A Morley record was set with the 6,650 cubic yards of concrete placed for the mat foundation. In addition to coordinating more than 600 ready-mix concrete deliveries to supply five concrete pumps, Morley also managed the thermal control plan to maintain appropriate temperatures in the mass concrete foundation. This included using more than 60,000 lineal feet of chilled water lines. Morley not only placed the mat foundation, but also provided 30-foot-tall basement walls and metal/concrete composite decks throughout the entire building. More than a mile of curbs will be poured, as well as supporting walls for the precast curtain wall to rest upon.

This project is part of a modernization of the building inventory for the Superior Court of California. Located in the San Diego government district, it is the largest project in the Judicial Council capital improvement program of new and renovated court facilities, which is financed by court user fees to support bond financing rather than by the state’s general fund.

Morley is collaborating on the project with the Judicial Council of California, Rudolph and Sletten, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Morley is providing the solid foundation that this great project is built upon, scheduled for completion in late 2016.

Update: Cranes lowered to meet FAA rule.

Timelapse video of the project