U.S. Courthouse in Buffalo Formally Dedicated
Art in Architecture
Region 2 Regional Administrator Denise Pease, along with a handful of GSA associates, attended the formal dedication of the new United States courthouse in Buffalo, NY on May 3, 2012. Chief Judge William Skretny presided over the ceremony, which featured remarks by Senator Charles Schumer, Regional Administrator Pease, and a number of Federal, State, and local representatives.
The courthouse, which is a LEED Gold certified building, represents a combination of GSA’s commitment to both sustainable building systems and the Art in Architecture program. The 10-story courthouse is designed to use 30% less water than current standards for a building its size and the HVAC and lighting systems utilize occupancy sensors to conserve energy. In addition to its sustainability features, the courthouse lobby showcases a monument of colored glass panels designed by Buffalo native and artist Robert Mangold. A touch of symbolism adorns the pavilion, with the words of the constitution etched into the glass, casting a shadow of its text upon all who enter the building.
In addition to providing courtroom space and judges’ chambers, the building will house offices for the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Attorney, Probation and Pretrial Services, the Federal Public Defender, and GSA. The Courthouse, with its central location and combination of Federal employees and citizens utilizing the space, will certainly result in a boost of the local economy. Region 2 PBS is proud to have been involved in the construction of the United States Courthouse in Buffalo.