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City Begins Contract Negotiations with Justice Center Architects

Tuesday, December 15, 2005

James Mejía, Justice Center Project Manager

City Begins Contract Negotiations with Justice Center Architects

Mayor Enthusiastically Accepts Selection Jury’s Choices

(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper announced Thursday that the City and County of Denver will begin immediate contract negotiations with Steven Holl Architects and Hartman-Cox Architects to design the Denver Justice Center courthouse and detention facility, respectively. Both firms were chosen by the 15-member selection jury following a competitive RFQ/RFP process that included interviews with the selection jury and public presentations.

“We are optimistic that we can rapidly conclude negotiations and move forward in building a Justice Center whose world-class design merits its place in Civic Center and reflects the importance of justice and safety in our community,” Hickenlooper said. “We are inspired by the caliber of signature architects who competed for this opportunity, and we are understandably excited about the selected firms.”

Courthouse Design

Founded in 1976, Steven Holl Architects has been recognized internationally with numerous awards, publications and exhibitions for quality and excellence in design. In 2001 Time Magazine named Holl, a tenured professor at Columbia University, as America’s Best Architect for “buildings that satisfy the spirit as well as the eye.” Holl also was honored by the Smithsonian Institution with the 2002 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture. Information on SHA’s current and past projects is available at

The design team of New York-based Steven Holl Architects includes Denver-based Klipp Architecture Planning Interiors and New York-based Ricci Greene Associates.

Detention Facility Design

Established in 1965, Hartman-Cox Architects has produced award-winning design for institutional, educational and civic clients, with noted sensitivity and responsiveness to surroundings, function and context. The firm has won over 110 design awards, including six American Institute of Architects honor awards and the American Institute of Architects Firm Award, the highest honor the AIA bestows on a firm for design. Information on HCA’s current and past projects is available at

The design team of Washington, DC-based Hartman-Cox Architects includes Denver-based OZ Architecture, Boulder-based Voorhis Robertson Justice Services, and New York-based Ricci Greene Associates.

Project Management Services

Following a competitive RFQ/RFP and jury interview process, Jacobs Facilities, Inc. has been selected to provide project management services for the building of the Justice Center. Jacobs will be tasked with all aspects of project management including design and construction compatibility, estimating and scheduling and budget oversight.

Jacobs has experience working with the City of Denver, having served as the City’s representative for the 1998 bond initiative. Jacobs has assigned experienced courthouse and detention facility experts to the project along with veteran construction managers. More information on the company is available at

Post Office/Parking Garage Architect

The City of Denver is currently negotiating with AR7 HooverDesmondArchitects to design the new post office and parking garage and is optimistic that a contract will be signed before the end of the year. Recipient of the 2005 AIA-Denver Architect of the Year Award and the 1992 AIA-Western Mountain Region Firm of the Year Award, the AR7 team brings parking garage and post office experience to the project. More information on this firm is available at

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