Sample Vision Competition Program
STAGE III DESIGN PROGRAM
FOR VISION COMPETION ONLY
THIS PROGRAM DOES NOT CONTAIN A REQUEST FOR CONFIRMATION
OF THE DESIGN BUDGET. THIS REQUEST--AND THE MECHANISM TO
FULFILL IT--WOULD HAVE TO BEADDED. ALL BUDGET CONFIRMATIONS
SHOULD REMAIN ANONYMOUS UNTIL AFTER THE COMPETITION IS
The Mobile area is growing steadily economically, in population, in employment, and in
requirements upon the federal judiciary. The existing John A. Campbell courthouse does
not have the space available to meet the needs of the court. The court family has been
fragmented into separated buildings. They are currently operating with significant space
deficits in physical facilities that will not accommodate growth. The existing courthouse
is historically significant, profitable, and should be retained for the use of the courts.
However, it does not meet the size, security, and circulation requirements of the court.
The continued projected growth of the courts requires that additional space be provided.
This design program will provide background information and support for the consolidation
of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, and several court-related
agencies in a new U.S. Courthouse in Mobile, Alabama. The co-location of these
agencies will provide expansion space, operation efficiency, maximum security, and
convenience to the courts-related agencies and the public.
The center of court activity in the Southern District of Alabama is the John A. Campbell
Courthouse located at 113 St. Joseph Street. The facility is federally owned and contains a
total of 6,080.54 usable square meters (sm) or 65,450 usable square feet (sf). The District
Court occupies almost the entire facility. The remainder of the courts family is dispersed
among six leased buildings in the downtown area occupying over 4,180.66 sm (45,000 sf).
The U.S. General Services Administration Region 4 is proposing federal construction to
provide for the 10-year expansion requirements of the courts, and court-related agencies.
The project also considers the provision of the 30-year expansion requirements, as needed.
Description of the Proposed Building
The proposed new courthouse will contain 20 719 sm (223,025 sf) of office, storage and
special space, plus approximately 1 858 sm (20,000 sf) of secured inside parking for 50
vehicles. Secured separate vertical circulation will be provided for judges and prisoners
with secured separate horizontal circulation to courts and U.S. Marshals Service facilities.
The building will include ten courtrooms and chambers. The courthouse's courtrooms
will consist of six District courtrooms, and four Magistrate courtrooms. Separate outside
parking is proposed to provide 50 parking spaces at approximately 1 858 sm (20,000 sf).
The estimated gross square footage for the courthouse is 30 234 gsm (325,452 gsf).
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