Des Moines Federal Courthouse

On April 18, 2016, GSA announced a new U.S. courthouse for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa had been identified as a top priority by the federal Judiciary, and discretionary funding included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 would be used to construct a new facility in Des Moines, Iowa.

Congress officially authorized construction of a new courthouse on Nov. 22, 2016.

Foundations and footings were completed in July. Construction of the first floor slab began in early August and is nearly complete. Form work for the second floor is being erected throughout September and October. Construction of the elevated structure will continue through spring 2021.

(text from U.S. General Services Administration)

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Des Moines, Iowa


Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects