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U.S. General Services Administration

San Antonio Federal Courthouse

the backstory

This design for the new San Antonio Federal Courthouse is a synthesis of the region’s history, a relationship of built form and landscape, and a symbolic expression of federal law. The new three-story United States Courthouse in San Antonio, Texas is part of the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Design Excellence Program. The project is being executed through a design-build contract with Brasfield & Gorrie / SLAM and is based on bridging documents prepared by Lake Flato Architects.


New Building
Interior Design
San Antonio, TX
Estimated Completion: 2021
245,000 SF

GSA had previously awarded the contract to another design, construction and program management team and the project was deemed over budget. Unable to secure additional funds, GSA released the contractor, utilized the original designer for bridging documents and procured the project design-build. It was fundamentally necessary to stay on the budget, prioritize the elements that were critical and substantially reduce the program. 


The Brasfield & Gorrie/ SLAM design-build team developed a comprehensive and holistic approach that kept to the $120M budget. The team was forced to rethink the mechanical systems, maximize the efficiencies and employ a host of cost saving design options. Our design-build team was proactive and communication was key.


The team worked with GSA and the user groups to insure they had a fully functional courthouse that would meet their needs. This approach is now being dubbed “the San Antonio Model” by GSA for other design-build courthouses.


“For 25 years I have known SLAM to provide tier one excellence in design, courts planning, execution, contract administration, communications and teamwork within the incredibly high-demand environment inherent the delivery of Justice Facilities.”

Brian Murray
Brasfield & Gorrie

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