Chapter 2: Courthouse Programming
The functions performed in the building might change or be relocated over
The location of a particular building system, fixture, or finish, must take into
account special conditions that arise in federal courthouses.
Construction Cost Benchmarking
GSA construction cost benchmarks are reference estimates used to evaluate the
appropriateness of proposed project budgets. The benchmark construction costs are
neither a design target, nor a substitute for detailed construction cost estimating. The
construction cost benchmark is used as a tool to identify inconsistent budget estimates
and potential problems that may require reprogramming or additional justification.
The cost of constructing judicial facilities is typically higher than the cost of
constructing standard federal office buildings, due to special functional requirements
for space and equipment. The following tables provide an overview of relative
construction costs for major components of federal courthouses.