Howard Moves Forward With P3 Deal For New Courthouse

Baltimore Sun article (2018-06-18) reported that Howard County has selected Edgemoor-Star America Judicial Partners to design, build, and operate a new 237,000 square-foot courthouse in Columbia. The new building will replace the County’s current Ellicott City courthouse, which is 175 years old. The article outlined how the public-private partnership (P3) agreement would work:

The project’s development group will finance the construction and also be responsible for designing the building and handling operations and maintenance under a 30-year contract using what the county has called “a hybrid financing solution.”

After 30 years, the county will take over the building, according to terms of the deal.
The article noted that the agreement has requires Edgemoor-Star America to use minority- and veteran-owned businesses for at least 15 percent of the work. Construction is scheduled to begin in August of 2019 and the building will open in the summer of 2021.