In 2008 DMS provided the cost estimating for GSA Thurgood Marshall Courthouse located in New York City, New York.

The history

A designated New York City landmark listed on the National Register of Historical Places, the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse is a classical revival courthouse located at 40 Centre Street on Foley Square in the Civic Center neighborhood of lower Manhattan. Its immediate neighbors are the New York State Courthouse and the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse, home to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

In 1931 Cass Gilbert was commissioned to design a new federal courthouse at Foley Square.  Construction of the courthouse began in July of 1932 – it was one of Gilbert’s last great works and was among the first federal skyscrapers ever constructed.

The design, combining an elegant square tower with a six-story base, met the substantial space requirements of the courts without visually overwhelming the nearby buildings (as a traditional horizontal federal building of the same square footage would have done).

Today it remains the preeminent symbol of the federal government’s presence in New York City.

The project

The renovation of the building with Beyer Blinder Belle, was to prepare the historic Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse for 21st century use.

The renovation modernized the building’s mechanical, electrical, fire protection, plumbing, security, audio-visual and telecommunications systems. Interior upgrades include the addition of a magistrate’s courtroom, renovation of interior spaces, and restoration of historic courtrooms. Extensive repairs to the building façade and roof were also completed.

Estimating services were provided for the replacement of building systems from electrical to HVAC to plumbing, as well as exterior restoration work of the roof, interior restoration and an integrated green design approach was also involved with this project.

Cost estimation

Estimated construction cost $190million