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El Pasoans Receive New Federal Courthouse

Federal officials dedicate new LEED silver Judge Albert Armendariz Sr. Federal Courthouse  made possible by GSA recovery investment.

GSA # 10688

September 8, 2010
Contact: Deborah K.Ruiz, (202) 501-1231
deborah.ruiz@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON — Downtown El Paso today marked the dedication of their new U.S. Western District Federal Courthouse made possible in part by Recovery Act investments by GSA. Named after late El Paso judge and civil rights leader, Albert Armendariz, Sr., the new El Paso facility is one of many GSA projects across the country driving traditional and green construction industries through energy saving green building features and spurring manufacturing and development of green technologies. Federal officials including GSA Regional Administrator J.D. Salinas, U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, and many federal judges marked the official dedication of the facility in a ceremony with community members in downtown El Paso today

“Through Recovery Act investments, GSA is driving construction and green technology jobs and industries across the nation,” said GSA Southwest Regional Administrator, J.D. Salinas. “By giving communities like El Paso vital federal facilities, GSA is contributing to the economic stability of the central business district, providing a place for El Pasoans to access vital government services, and maximizing taxpayer value through a higher-performing, greener building.”

The courthouse, located in downtown El Paso, offers the community a new 239,600 gross square foot federal facility along a 3.5-acre site located in El Paso’s central business district. The new courthouse will house  11 courtrooms and will serve 13 judges, five resident district judges, two senior judges, five magistrate judges and one court of appeals, consolidating El Paso’s court services into one place.

The building, certified as LEED Silver,  incorporates computerized HVAC, lighting and utility metering to conserve energy, window glazing, energy efficient energy star products as well as interior elements made from recycled materials, such as carpet, wall coverings, cork flooring, ceiling tiles, etc. Projects LEED certification consists of a set of prerequisites and credits with specific requirements for obtaining points in order to become a certified green building by the U.S. Green Building Council.

For more information about GSA’s courthouse programs, visit www.gsa.gov/courthouseprogram.

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