GSA Awards New Lease for U.S. Courthouse in Saipan
Marianas Management Corporation to Construct New Modern Facility
July 25, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announces the recent award of a 20-year lease to Marianas Management Company for construction of a new federal courthouse in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. This new lease was based on a competitive, best-value procurement process.
The three-story courthouse will be located on Gualo Rai Road, Garapan, Saipan, and will house the U.S. District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. Probation Office, the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Protective Service. The courthouse will include one courtroom, two judges’ chambers, a jury assembly room and office space for building tenants. Annually, the lease will cost approximately $2.4 million.
“Delivering public buildings representative of the federal government and serving the mission of federal agencies across the Pacific Rim is our mission,” said Acting Regional Administrator Dan Brown. “We’re providing a modern facility with functional space and innovative technology to meet the operational requirements of the U.S. District Court in the Mariana Islands.”
The Saipan courthouse design, projected at 35,696 square feet, will meet current requirements for the judiciary’s functional and security needs. The design also incorporates innovative lighting and landscaping, energy efficient fixtures and wastewater technologies projected to realize future cost savings and conserve resources. The courthouse will be in a planned office park. Construction is scheduled to start in December 2017 and be completed in Summer 2019.
“While we have a wonderful landlord who remains responsive to all our requests, the District Court’s needs have outgrown the Horiguchi Building,” said Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona, U.S. District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands. “We look forward to the new courthouse that will meet modern federal judicial program standards as well as meet our security requirements.”
Since 1989, the District Court has convened in the Horiguchi Building on the island of Saipan. The current lease expires in July 2019.
About the U.S. General Services Administration:
The mission of the U.S. General Services Administration is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition and technology services to the government and the American people.
About the District Court for the Northern Mariana Island:
The mission of the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands is to serve the community by ensuring equal access to justice for all by providing an impartial forum to resolve disputes in a fair, effective and timely manner pursuant to the rule of law. The District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands was established by an act of Congress in 1977 and became operational in January 1978. The District Court has the same jurisdiction to hear federal cases as U.S. District Courts, including bankruptcy cases. Appeals are taken to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.