GSA Dedicates Stanley J. Roskowski Federal Courthouse
New energy-efficient building in Rockford’s central business district, largely built by local workforce, also features locally-obtained and recycled construction materials.
October 29, 2011
Deborah Ruiz, 202-253-8807
ROCKFORD, Ill. – Federal and local officials dedicated a new United States Courthouse in Rockford’s central business district today. A model for sustainable design and construction, the new courthouse features extensive use of locally-sourced and recycled building materials, and was built by a largely local workforce, contributing to the area’s economy. The courthouse was named to honor retired U.S. District Judge Stanley J. Roszkowski, who served the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for more than 20 years.
“The Stanley J. Roskowski U.S. Courthouse exemplifies the U.S. General Services Administration’s commitment to growing business and strengthing the local economy while helping sustainable design and construction in the process,” said Ann P. Kalayil, Regional Administrator for GSA’s Great Lakes Region. “GSA is leading the way in developing energy-smart, high-performing workplaces that save taxpayer dollars now and in the future and which also protect the nation’s resources.”
Approximately 90 percent of the workforce employed in the construction of the new courthouse were local residents.
Kalayil was joined at the dedication ceremony by U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, U.S. Rep. Donald Manzullo, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick J. Fitzgerald, Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey, and the building’s namesake, retired U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Roszkowski. Roszkowski served on the District Court bench from 1977 through his retirement in 1998.
“I am greatly honored to have our new United States Courthouse dedicated in my name,” Roskowski said. “I accept this honor on behalf of the many members of the legal profession who have contributed so much to make this great historical day a reality. Without their many contributions, going back many years, this day would not have been possible. This grand building stands as a monument to the entire community.”
Located on 5.5 acres in the Rockford’s central business district, the courthouse contains five courtrooms and will house offices for the U.S. Courts and other court-related agencies.
The building’s sustainable design features include energy/building management technology, a laser scanning fire detection system, building-controlled window shading systems, Energy Star ‘cool roof’ technology, high efficiency HVAC, electric vehicle charging stations, and high efficiency lighting systems, all of which will aid in the GSA’s efforts to secure LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council. By design, locally-sourced and recycled materials were used as much as possible.
For more information about GSA’s Sustainable Design programs, please visit gsa.gov.
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As the federal government's workplace solutions provider, the U.S. General Services Administration works to foster an effective, sustainable and transparent government for the American people. GSA’s expertise in government workplace solutions include:
• Effective management of government assets including more than 9,600 government-owned or leased
buildings and 215,000 vehicles in the federal fleet, and preservation of historic federal properties;
• Leveraging the government’s buying power through responsible acquisition of products and services
making up approximately 14 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars;
• Providing innovative technology solutions to enhance government efficiency and increase citizen
• Promoting responsible use of federal resources through development of government-wide policies
ranging from federal travel to property and management practices.