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Project Scott M. Matheson Courts Complex
Owner State of Utah/Utah DFCM

Project Size

450,000 sq ft

Project Dates

31 months

Project Location

55 East 500 South Salt Lake City, UT
State of Utah/Utah DFCM

“Congratulations on the beautiful new courts complex. You take on these big, impressive projects and you come through with flying colors.”

– Jacalyn S. Leavitt, Governor’s Mansion

  • Self Performed Structural Concrete
  • Best Outstanding Large Public Project, Intermountain Contractor | 1998

Project Description

At a time when federal buildings throughout the nation were averaging $200/square-foot to build (and most state courts are averaging $150/square-foot), the 450,000-square-foot Scott M. Matheson Courts Complex is a testimony to the effectiveness of the design-build process. (The building cost was approximately $115/square-foot.)

This project—the State of Utah’s largest public building since the construction of the Capitol—rises five stories with three levels of underground parking. The rotunda flooring is turned and set in a diamond pattern with traditional/classical treatment of stone (a process used in the Louvre in Paris). Nickel Silver—used in only a few select projects worldwide and chosen for its unique brass/aluminum coloration—was used to accent the light fixtures and interior elements. Cherry wood is used throughout the facility, while judges’ benches are inlaid with stone and matching borders.

Located below the facility is a 300,000-square-foot, three-level secure parking garage. Parking level 1 includes 254 of staff secured parking; parking level 2 provides 275 stalls for the public; parking level 3 is exclusively for judicial, accommodating 74 stalls.