On Thursday, September 19th, the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) held the IDEAS2 Awards ceremony at the Superior Court of California in San Diego. Project teams from SOM, the Herrick Corporation, Rudolph and Sletten, and the Judicial Council of California all participated in the ceremony. Earlier this year, the project was honored with AISC's IDEAS2 National Award. The annual program, formally known as the Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel National Awards, recognizes projects that utilize structural steel in an innovative manner.
The Superior Court of California – San Diego Central Courthouse consolidates three county courts—criminal trial, family, and civil—into a single downtown high-rise. The building combines a cost-effective, steel-framed superstructure with two-way lateral special moment frames. The 25-story building was designed to achieve the enhanced seismic performance criteria defined in the Judicial Court of California's Trial Court Facility Standards.