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AIA Recognizes GSA for Jacksonville Courthouse Design

GSA # 9799

February 20, 2001
Contact: Viki Reath (202) 501-1231
viki.reath@gsa.gov


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has awarded a Certificate of Merit to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for the Jacksonville, Fla., Federal Courthouse design.

In awarding the merit certificate, AIA jurors cited the extensive use of natural light and balance of security and openness, reflecting GSA's commitment to keeping its buildings safe and open to the public.

The jurors also praised the design as integral with the courthouse surroundings, a hallmark of other award-winning GSA courthouses.

"The project has a sense of civic presence and succeeds in providing a focal point for restoration of the historic core of the city," the AIA jurors said. "The design of the building enhances the surrounding environment and the image of the 'renaissance core.' "

HLM Design of Orlando, Fla., architect, and KBJ Architects, Inc., of Jacksonville, associate architect, designed the 414,300-square-foot courthouse, which will contain 17 courtrooms at an estimated cost of $77.6 million.

The courthouse was one of seven citation projects the Committee on Architecture for Justice selected for the Justice Facilities Review 2000-2001, published in January. The committee examines excellence in design architecture for justice and showcases state-of-the-art designs in prisons, jails, courts and other law-enforcement facilities.

GSA has won numerous design awards for its buildings, including a 2000 Presidential Design Award. The agency is recognized as the largest commercial-style, real estate organization in the United States. GSA houses 1 million federal workers in more than 350 million square feet of space in 1,800 federally owned and 6,500 leased buildings in 1,600 communities. GSA also provides federal agencies with construction, leasing, management, renovation and maintenance of office buildings, courthouses, laboratories, border stations and warehouses.