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Long Beach is pitting development teams against each other in a battle to fund, design, build, and operate the city's new courthouse. In November, the teams' architects--Perkins + Will, HOK, and AECOM--submitted their conceptual renderings and the full teams submitted financial and commercial proposals in December. Long Beach is replacing its 50 year old courthouse and swapping that site with its Redevelopment Agency for a six acre site between Broadway and Third and Maine and Magnolia. The Press-Telegram reports the new courthouse will have 31 courtrooms, county office space, a holding facility, and retail, so maybe you can pick up a file and a cake on your way in. The paper also says that the city is trying out the US's first "performance-based infrastructure arrangement," which will have them entering into a 35 year contract with one of the teams and making "payments based on the success of the building's operation and maintenance." Long Beach will choose a winner in March. Construction will start in the fall and end in 2012.
· Architects show designs for new LB courthouse [Press-Telegram]