A NEW U.S. FEDERAL COURTHOUSE
WAS RECENTLY DEDICATED IN MOBILE, ALABAMA FOR THE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA. CONSTRUCTION OF THE FIVE STORY,
155,000 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY, WHICH WAS MANAGED BY THE
U.S. GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION’S PUBLIC
BUILDINGS SERVICE, INCORPORATES MODERN
TECHNOLOGY IN THE COURTROOMS AND WORK SPACES, WHILE
STAYING TRUE TO THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE LOCAL AREA. BUT LONG BEFORE THE DESIGN
BUILD TEAM WAS IN PLACE IN HERE, AND SELECTED, ALL OF YOU
CAME TOGETHER TO DECIDE THAT THIS BUILDING SHOULD
EMBODY THE SPIRIT OF MOBILE, IT’S ARCHITECTURAL
HERITAGE, IT’S PHYSICAL AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT,
AND ITS CITIZENRY. GSA, IN THEIR DESIGN
EXCELLENCE GOALS, NOT ONLY WANTS TO ADVANCE THE SCIENCE AND
TECHNOLOGY OF ARCHITECTURE, BUT THEY ALSO INSPIRE TO
EXPRESS THE GRAVITAS, STABILITY, AND VITALITY OF OUR
JUDICIAL SYSTEM. THE NEW COURTHOUSE, WHICH WAS
COMPLETED ON TIME AND ON BUDGET, IS ONLY PART OF A LARGER FEDERAL
PROJECT THAT GSA IS OVERSEEING THAT WILL INCLUDE RENOVATION OF THE HISTORIC JOHN
ARCHIBALD CAMPBELL COURTHOUSE, LOCATED NEXT DOOR. THE WORK WE PERFORMED HERE
IN MOBILE WILL ALLOW US TO MOVE THE BANKRUPTCY COURTS
AND THE APPROPRIATE COURTS OUT OF LEASED SPACE AND INTO THE
HISTORIC COURTHOUSE ONCE WORK IS COMPLETE. THIS WILL SAVE TAXPAYERS
NEARLY $775,000 A YEAR. ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF
SESSIONS, WHO PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA, EMPHASIZED THAT
THE COURTHOUSE ALSO SERVES AN IMPORTANT ROLE BEYOND
ITS PHYSICAL ONE. ABOVE ALL, IN THIS BUILDING,
THE GREATEST LEGAL SYSTEM ON EARTH WILL CONTINUE
DAY AFTER DAY. IT WILL BE PERPETUATED
AND DEFENDED AND HANDED ON TO GENERATIONS TO COME. GSA’S COURTHOUSE PROGRAM
IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF THE WORK THE AGENCY DOES
TO DELIVER VALUE AND SAVINGS IN REAL ESTATE, ACQUISITION,
TECHNOLOGY, AND OTHER MISSION-SUPPORT
SERVICES ACROSS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.