The Long Beach Courthouse is the first and only social infrastructure project in the U.S. to be built as a public-private partnership (P3) and opened in 2013. The 545,000-square-foot building houses 31 courtrooms, state administrative offices, below-grade in-custody transfer and detention facilities, a state-of-the-art jury assembly room, food court and offices for the related County justice agencies. Through the P3 financing model, the private enterprise is responsible to design, construct, finance, operate and maintain the facility and the state and county paid nothing up front for the building. Instead, a “service fee” that pays for the initial construction costs and ongoing maintenance and operating costs is billed monthly over the term of the contract. The Fee can be reduced if there are maintenance or operating issues. The sponsoring entity (in this case, the Judicial Council of California) maintains ownership of the building and grants the private enterprise the license to perform the duties described above. For jurisdictions considered alternative development methods, the engagement of the private sector through the P3 model can provide efficiencies, lower the public risk profile and deliver a long-term sustainable project superior to its peers Participants in this mobile workshop will walk from the Long Beach Convention Center to the Courthouse (approximately one mile) and tour the state-of-the-art facility and learn about how the entire process was structured – and how similar structuring might work and benefit their own jurisdictions.
This mobile workshop is part of the 2016 NACo Annual Conference.