Under the CM at risk model, the customer can choose theconstruction firm on the basis of qualifications rather than lowbid. The CM at risk model has been used for years in the privatesector and is slowly becoming popular for public projects whereconstruction managers can be chosen based on qualifications, ratherthan low bids.

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Besides being the first courthouse built under the CM at riskarrangement, the new Santa Ana building is the first newconstruction project to be handled by the recently createdadministrative office of the courts. The Court of Appeal currentlyleases space in two locations, which are separated by more than amile.

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Designed by Carrier Johnson, the new three-story structure willhouse the appellate courtroom, judges' chambers and administrativeoffices. The single location on West Santa Ana Boulevard is in theheart of a civic district that includes Santa Ana City Hall and theRonald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse.

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The courthouse is being built on land formerly owned by the Cityof Santa Ana for which the city and the court struck a deal InApril 2005. As part of that deal, the city completed demolition andremoval of a building on the site at its expense, razed the site tostreet level and completed construction of a parking structuredirectly adjacent to the parcel, which provides approximately 70additional parking spaces for the court's use.

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Heery International is a 1,500-person program management,construction management, architecture, interior design andengineering firm with annual revenues of nearly $1.2 billion. Thefirm's Southern California operations include offices in LongBeach, Los Angeles, Oxnard, Palm Desert, Riverside, San Diego andTustin. The firm currently manages more than $1.5 billion worth ofconstruction projects throughout Southern California.

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