By Aziza Jackson
LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas City Council recently approved a development agreement with The Molasky Group of Companies to develop the City of Las Vegas Municipal Courthouse in the civic corridor of downtown.
The four-story, 139,431-square-foot development will be located on approximately one acre at the southwest corner of Clark Avenue and First Street. Sited to the southeast of the Las Vegas City Hall, the municipal courthouse is designed to complement city hall while also creating a complex of city facilities. The site is located near the city parking garage, the detention center, and the regional justice center. The courthouse is designed to meet LEED Silver-level requirements and will be built for approximately $56.3 million.
“It is exciting that a new courthouse is coming to the government corridor in downtown Las Vegas,” said Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. “The Molasky Group has been a longtime private-sector partner and we look forward to having a first-class Municipal Courthouse to serve the people of Las Vegas.”
The Molasky Group’s development team includes: Las Vegas-based Martin Harris Construction as general contractor, Houston-based PGAL as lead architect, Las Vegas-based 10 Nine Design Group as design architects, Walter P. Moore as structural engineer, Spring Branch-based M&S Engineering for MEP and ITS, and Las Vegas-based GCW Engineering as civil engineers.
With significant experience with public-private partnerships on large-scale build-to-suit projects for federal, state and local agencies, the Molasky Group is a market leader in sustainable construction building seven LEED Gold, three LEED Silver and two LEED Certified large-scale properties across the United States.
“It is an honor for the Molasky Group and our development team to partner with the City of Las Vegas to build the new municipal courthouse,” said Rich Worthington, president and chief operating officer at the Molasky Group. “The city has longed for a courthouse and we plan on providing municipal judges, staff and city residents with a state of the art facility where justice can be served proudly.”
The four-story facility will house the city’s municipal court functions including traffic court, six additional courtrooms, city attorney’s office, customer service, court administration, classrooms and public space. Included in a sub-basement level will be secure parking and a sally port for prisoner transportation.
Construction is scheduled to begin in August 2019 and will bring more than 150 construction jobs to downtown Las Vegas. The project is expected to be complete by January 2021.
“The new Municipal Court project is just another example of the exciting things happening in the downtown,” said City Manager Scott Adams. “It’s why many are calling this a time where downtown lights up!”
“This is an opportunity to have a more efficiently-designed facility that will allow our Municipal Court to better serve the current and future needs of the citizens of the city of Las Vegas,” said Municipal Court Administrator Dana Hlavac. “The close proximity to the Regional Justice Center and the Supreme Court building will allow for a continued strong level of cooperation and communication among all levels of the judiciary.”