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Doan Helps Celebrate Jackson Courthouse Groundbreaking

Remarks by
 Lurita Alexis Doan
Administrator
U.S. General Services Administration
Groundbreaking Ceremony
Jackson, MS
February 11, 2008

 

Thank you very much Judge Barbour, and good morning ladies and gentlemen.

It is a pleasure and an honor to be here today with:

Senator Cochran and Senator Wicker …

Congressman Thompson and Governor Barbour …

And the many elected officials, agency partners and other special guests gathered at the future home of the U.S. Courthouse in Jackson.

Today is a groundbreaking ceremony, a time to pause and reflect a moment on how far we’ve come before we tackle the challenging work that still remains.

On behalf of President Bush and as Administrator of GSA, I am here to say congratulations, and to assure you we will finish what we started – and in superb fashion!

This is an impressive project, one that will meet the needs of the court for a decade, with plenty of expansion capability. When completed, the courthouse will be a splendid and secure addition to the community featuring 12 state-of-the-art courtrooms and 15 chambers.

Such projects illustrate the reason GSA was created in 1949 -- to provide superior products, services and workplaces at best value to our client agencies so they can focus on their core missions. In this case, the mission is precious. It touches the core of our democracy, and we are proud to provide the space and amenities the court will need to administer justice for many years to come.

Our success, of course, hinges on the commitment, cooperation, and collaboration of many partners. Let me thank in advance:

  • Senator Cochran, who as Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee, has consistently emphasized the importance of this project to Mississippi and the nation.  And thank you Senator Wicker and Homeland Security Chairman Thompson for your unwavering support.

My thanks as well to:

  • The Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.;
  • H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture;
  • Honeywell Building Solutions;
  • W.G. Yates & Sons Construction;
  • And our own GSA team and Project Manager, Laura Shadix.

Thank you all. We’ve come a long way. I truly appreciate the dedication, talent and persistence that helped us get this far. And I know everyone here is looking forward to that day in the not-too-distant future when it will be time to return to Jackson … not for a groundbreaking ceremony … but to cut the ribbon on a gleaming new federal courthouse that will make all of us very proud.

Thank you so much.