Region dedicates new Federal Courthouse in Yuma
By Javier Fernandez
Architect Steven Erlich leads a group tour of the courthouse.
GSA formally dedicated the John M. Roll U.S. Courthouse in Yuma, Arizona on April 24, 2014. More than 400 people attended the ceremony hosted by Pacific Rim Regional Administrator Ruth Cox. Featured speakers included Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, U.S. Representatives Raul Grijalva, Paul Gosar and Ron Barber, Chief Judge Raner Collins, Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls, former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, and representatives from the Roll family.
The new 56,800 gross-square-foot courthouse honors the late Chief District Judge for the District of Arizona, who served as a board member on the project’s source selection panel for the building’s design and strongly advocated for its location in Yuma. Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the courthouse houses two magistrate courtrooms, judges’ chambers, jury facilities, Probation & Pre-Trial Services, District & Bankruptcy Court Services, and the U.S. Marshal Service. It is also targeted to received LEED® Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in part for its dramatic solar canopy that supplies 25 percent of the building’s energy, use of locally sourced building materials, and water-saving features.
“Judge Roll recognized that sustainability and environmental stewardship are predominant drivers in the design and maintenance of the federal portfolio,” said Ruth Cox. “GSA has an obligation to increase the sustainability of the Federal Government by reducing its cost of operations and the environmental impact of its buildings. We lead by example in providing workspaces that will reshape the culture of the federal workforce.”