The General Services Administration awarded a $318 million contract to Clark Construction to design and build a new 550,000-square-foot courthouse in Los Angeles, according to a Dec. 10 announcement.
The new courthouse will house the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and the U.S. Marshals Service.
The agency also issued a request for information Dec. 10 for private-sector ideas to reuse the Edward R. Roybal Federal Courthouse and adjacent federal building at 300 N. Los Angeles St. or exchange the properties for a new building.
GSA has special authority to enter into leases or other special financing deals with the private sector to exchange, trade, lease or otherwise negotiate for new construction or renovation projects.
Acting GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini said in a June 22 letter to Congress that he wanted to trade the courthouse for a new 175,000-square-foot facility.
Tangherlini said in a Dec. 10 release announcing the RFI that the agency is taking new approaches to work with the private sector to exchange outdated properties for new ones.
“This project would also consolidate other federal agencies in Los Angeles into one state-of-the-art facility, shrinking the federal real estate footprint and eliminating multiple leases, saving taxpayer dollars,” Tangherlini said.
Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., chairman of the subcommittee that oversees GSA, said in a statement that the latest RFI is one more step in getting rid of unneeded government property. He said he will continue to follow the project to make sure taxpayer dollars are spent properly.