U.S. Courthouse Project, Harrisburg, PA
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will build a new 265,000 gross square feet U.S. Courthouse in the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The existing Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Harrisburg does not meet the federal government's security and expansion requirements. The 1960s era Reagan Building was initially built with two courtrooms and then two more were added later. However, the four courtrooms are not enough to accommodate the increasing caseload of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.
In contrast, the new courthouse will contain 7 courtrooms, meet the 10 year requirements of the courts, court-related agencies, and be the new home for 260 employees. Ennead is the architect of record for the new U.S. Courthouse.
On April 26, 2010, the site of 6th and Reily was announced as the chosen site for the new U.S. Courthouse in Harrisburg, PA. GSA thoroughly reviewed the advantages and disadvantages of each of the potential sites for the new federal courthouse in Harrisburg, PA, to serve the needs of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Former PBS Commissioner Bob Peck determined that the courthouse should be located at the 6th and Reily site.
The design concept phase for the new U.S. Courthouse in the City of Harrisburg was completed by Ennead using the guiding principles of the GSA Design Excellence Program and approved during the summer of 2012. In April 2013, GSA awarded a $373,000 contract to USA Environmental Management, Inc. of Philadelphia, PA for Site Demolition and Lot Consolidation services for the future site of the new federal courthouse. This procurement was set aside for Small-Business concerns. The demolition services included removing nine 3-story row homes and one 1-story existing commercial structure and these activities were completed between May 15, 2013 and October 18, 2013.
GSA is waiting for Congress to allocate funds for the project in order to move forward with construction of this U.S. Courthouse.