A Green Courthouse for Miami-Dade County, FL

Christy Ullo
Faithful+Gould is providing cost management services to the $328 million Children's Courthouse project in Miami-Dade County, Florida. the courthouse will house 17 different agencies providing services to children and families in Miami-Dade County, and has numerous green features, including bike racks and a green roof.

Children's Courthouse Dade County, FloridaFaithful+Gould has recently completed design-phase cost management services on the Miami-Dade Children's Courthouse, Miami, Florida.

In 2009, this $328 million project cleared a major hurdle when construction was finally approved - a major relief after the county put a stop order on the project for nearly a year. Faithful+Gould is now looking forward to providing on-call change order review services throughout the up and coming construction phase.

Faithful+Gould was brought on board by global architecture firm HOK. As part of the project team we have developed the early budgets, estimates and a cost loaded schedule. In addition we facilitated a value engineering workshop.

371,000 ft2 and 14 stories tall, the Children's Courthouse will serve the community, families and children of Miami-Dade County, Florida. It will house the juvenile delinquency, dependency and family courts, alongside the 17 separate agencies that serve children's needs.

The facility is expected to be LEED® certified due to a number of the design features. Among numerous other ''green'' elements these include:

  • An energy-saving skin
  • High-efficiency water systems
  • Extensive use of natural light
  • A park-like public plaza
  • Bike racks and showers
  • A green roof and the use of recycled materials