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Hudson County Justice Complex reaches another key milestone

Construction of the parking garage has been completed

The new county courthouse is under construction in Jersey City. Photo courtesy of Hudson County.

Progress continues to be made as construction of Hudson County’s new Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex proceeds in Jersey City, directly across Newark Avenue from the historic William J. Brennan Courthouse and in the midst of the many development projects transforming the skyline around Journal Square.

Early summer 2022 marked completion of the new 479 space parking garage structure which is integrated within the complex. The garage was carefully engineered and constructed above the old “Bergen Arches” right of way and an adjacent active freight rail tunnel, preserving both for present and future use. The completed garage has also provided an opportunity for workers on the project to park onsite.

“In spite of all the challenges building a transformational project of this scale during a global health emergency with economic and logistical disruptions, I’m proud of the remarkable progress that continues to be made on the construction of our new justice complex,” said Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise. “Working with Mayor Fulop and Councilman Boggiano to reduce impacts on the neighborhood, we’re glad that with the construction of the parking garage, we can alleviate parking in the neighborhood for residents, businesses, and visitors.”

As of August 2022, approximately 40 percent of the total project construction is complete, including the installation of 85 percent of the structural steel equivalent to 5,000 tons out of 6,000 tons total, and pouring of 19,500 cubic yards of concrete. Additionally, 18,100 cubic yards of rock has been removed; 44,000 cubic yards of soil has been removed; and 378 out of 540 steel trusses have been welded. Another major milestone was reached this month in September when the building was “topped out” with steel.

On an average day in the summer of 2022 about 200 trades people are working on the jobsite, involved in all elements of construction. The number of workers on the job will increase as the next phase of construction occurs. In continuation of Hudson County’s strong commitment to union labor, the complex is being built under the auspices of a project labor agreement with the Hudson County Building and Construction Trades Council.

Construction first began in January of 2021. The concrete towers were topped off in March of 2022, followed by the parking garage completion in June. By August 1, exterior metal framing commenced on Newark Avenue. On September 9 was the steel topping out. Final completion is anticipated in October of 2024.

Additional project information can be found at the project website, hudsoncountycourthouse.com.

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