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Press Release
June 20, 2018
Edgemoor-Star America Judicial Partners Selected to Partner with Howard County for New Circuit Courthouse Project
Edgemoor is thrilled to partner with Howard County to deliver an efficient and secure new Circuit Courthouse

BETHESDA, MD, June 19, 2018. Edgemoor-Star America Judicial Partners (ESJP), comprised of Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate and Star America Infrastructure Partners, has been selected by Howard County as its preferred partner to design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) a new Circuit Courthouse, which will be only the second courthouse public-private partnership (P3) in the United States delivered under the DBFOM Availability Payment model.

Nine teams submitted Expressions of Interest on the Project in September 2017, three of which were short-listed and received the County’s formal Request for Proposal in November 2017. Technical and financial proposals from the three companies were submitted in May 2018. The courthouse is expected to be ready for occupancy in summer 2021.

“All three proposing teams presented exciting design and maintenance plans for our new courthouse. Ultimately the proposal from Edgemoor Star-America was chosen as the best value for the County,” said Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman. “This team provided an elegant and well-thought-out site plan that incorporated an iconic and aspirational design with an honorable and stately building. Their design for our future courthouse will prove to be an architectural landmark that expresses the values and traditions of Howard County’s justice system.”

ESJP’s proposed design for an efficient and secure 237,000 square-foot courthouse features a spacious security screening vestibule ahead of a four-story day-lit atrium that provides easy wayfinding for courthouse visitors. The design also includes office space and courtrooms for six judges; a large and comfortable jury assembly area; three distinct circulation paths appropriately separating the public, staff, and detainees; and an adjacent 691-space parking garage. 

 “We are extremely excited that Howard County selected our team as its partner to deliver the new Circuit Courthouse,” stated ESJP Project Manager and Edgemoor Managing Director, Brian Dugan. “When the original solicitation was released, it was very clear to us that Howard County had properly prepared for the procurement, marked by a thoughtful delivery model and schedule, pre-approval from its County Council, stakeholder support, and a top-notch advisor team. We were thrilled to pursue an innovative P3 here in Maryland—our own backyard—with an organized, AAA-rated owner like Howard County.” Dugan added, “The entire ESJP Team can’t wait to continue our collaboration with the County, its advisors, the stakeholders, and the greater community to deliver this legacy project.”

Led by developer and equity members Edgemoor and Star America, the ESJP Team also includes Clark Construction Group as design-builder, Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK) as lead architect, and Johnson Controls as facilities manager. Additional team members include:

- Harkins Builders (Based in Columbia, MD)

- Allen & Shariff Engineering (Based in Columbia, Maryland)

- Project Finance Advisory Ltd

- Bracewell LLP

- Site Resources

- S2N Technology Group

- Cagley & Associates

- Wiley|Wilson

- Cerami & Associates

- Arup USA

- Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

- Van Deusen & Associates

- Schnabel Engineering DC

- Kirlin Design Build

- Rosendin Electric

- Willis Towers Watson

- Thompson Coburn

- Turner & Townsend

- Mazars Global Infrastructure (US)

Please click here to view Howard County’s press release and here for preliminary renderings and conceptual computer animation of the ESJP design.

About Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate: Edgemoor is thrilled to partner with Howard County to deliver an efficient and secure new Circuit Courthouse. As a leader in the development, financing, and operations of public buildings, infrastructure, and commercial real estate, Edgemoor has delivered (or has under development) more than $3 billion P3s, some of which include the Kansas City International Airport New Terminal Modernization project in Kansas City, MO; the KU Central District Development project in Lawrence, KS; the Long Beach Civic Center and Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse projects in Long Beach, CA; the University of California, San Francisco Sandler Neuroscience Center; and the Route 28 Corridor Improvements in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties, Virginia. 

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