STATESMAN IN-DEPTH: TRAVIS COUNTY COURTHOUSE
As Travis County works toward courthouse price, Florida project may be a guide
BY FARZAD MASHHOOD – AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
As Travis County commissioners embark on plans for a $340 million civil courthouse — hoping to avoid the embarrassing cost overruns, delays and lawsuits that plagued their last major downtown construction project — officials are looking toward the beaches of Florida for guidance.
Two miles from the Atlantic Ocean, officials in Broward County, Fla. are working on a new courthouse, too. The south Florida courthouse will be five stories taller and contain twice as many courtrooms as Travis County officials plan to build, but at a cost of $298 per square foot — half the price Travis County officials project.
Travis County (projections)
510,000 square feet
500-car underground parking garage
Broward County (under construction)
714,000 square feet
500-car above-ground parking garage