Supreme Court Justice Helps Dedicate New Federal Courthouse
GSA # 10408
September 21, 2007
Contact: Gary Mote, (404) 331-2774
State-of-the-Art Facility A Magnet for Future Urban Redevelopment
ATLANTA – The new George C. Young federal courthouse in Orlando, Florida, marked its dedication today with assistance from Justice Clarence Thomas, who provided the keynote remarks in the courthouse atrium to about 500 attendees. The project is a partnership of the U.S. General Services Administration and the federal judiciary’s Middle District of Florida.
"The federal judiciary is one of GSA’s most important customer agencies,” said GSA Administrator Lurita Doan. “This new state-of-the-art courthouse, delivered on time and on budget, will enable the judges of the 11th Circuit to conduct the court's business more effectively and efficiently well into the future. It is also our sincere hope and expectation that this beautiful facility will stimulate urban redevelopment efforts in the city of Orlando."
The 304,000-square foot building and newly created two-acre park, together with the adjacent George C. Young federal courthouse and federal building, occupy an entire downtown block. Expanding and reorienting the existing courthouse, the precinct integrates the federal presence into the city by linking the two sides of a downtown divided by Interstate 4.
The building was designed by Leers Weinzapfel Associates of Boston, Massachusetts. The design inspiration for the courthouse came partly from the city of Orlando’s legacy of postwar public buildings.
“This complex of buildings and open spaces was designed and constructed under GSA’s Design Excellence Program, and creates an eight-acre campus for justice that serves as a public amenity for the neighborhood,” said Kimber Boyer, GSA Acting Regional Administrator.
The GSA’s Design Excellence Program has engaged the finest architects, designers, engineers and artists working in America today to design the nation’s future landmarks. For more information about the GSA Design Excellence program, visit gsa.gov/designexcellence.
Founded in 1949, GSA serves as a centralized procurement and property management agency for the federal government. GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 208,000 vehicles. GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 425 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.
Did You Know? GSA’s Design Excellence Program is based on the 1962 Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture.