Project Description

San Diego Federal District Courthouse
San Diego, California

The San Diego Federal District Courthouse is a 16-story tower, Design Build project, covering 2.6 acres. This project comprises 467,000 square feet including 6 courtrooms and 21 chambers with room to expand. This high-rise was created to be innovative as well as energy friendly and achieved LEED Gold status.

This structure combines a slender and elegant tower that rises above a transparent and translucent building base. The ultra-thin massing supports sustainable design strategies to daylight the entire building and offer natural ventilation on select floors while both maintaining privacy and security. The master plan for this project links new and existing federal buildings.

With multiple crews working simultaneously on different elevations throughout the installation phase, the exterior enclosure package was delivered at an expedited process.

The beauty and craftsmanship of Southwest Steel are showcased throughout this LEED Gold project.


  • 16-Story Federal District Courthouse

  • 467,000 Square Feet

  • LEED Gold

  • Contractor: Hensel Phelps

  • Architect: Richard Meier & Partners

  • Engineer: Englekirk & Sabol