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ENR California Best Projects 2018: Region's Best Work Shines With Creativity

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As California’s building boom continues, it is no surprise that the region’s Best Projects competition keeps growing as well. California and Hawaii’s construction industry continues to adopt new technologies and innovations in nearly every aspect of the building process.

Each year, ENR California assembles an independent group of judges to review, score and determine final winners. Work was evaluated on the ability of the project team to overcome challenges; contribution to the industry and community; safety; and construction and design quality. They then met to discuss the projects and to come to a consensus on awards.


San Diego Central Courthouse
San Diego
Best Project

Owner: Judicial Council of California
Lead Design Firm/Structural Engineer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
General Contractor: Rudolph and Sletten Inc.
Civil Engineers: RBF Consulting, Michael Baker International
MEP Engineer: WSP

Built on a former brownfield site and surrounded by active trolley lines, the design of the San Diego Central Courthouse was tailored around the project’s constrained location.

Designers collaborated with the rest of the project team to design a 24-story tower and podium—clad in precast concrete—and a public plaza. The courthouse consolidated the county’s criminal trial, family, civil and probate courts. The first four levels include arraignments, misdemeanors, offices and a 500-person jury assembly hall.

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