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Albert Armendariz Sr. Federal Courthouse Impresses Judges with Sustainable and Innovative Architectural Elements

Higher-performing green qualities and innovative architecture helped the new Albert Armendariz Sr. U.S. Courthouse in El Paso earn the 2010 Texas Downtown Association President's Award for Best New Construction.   

“We build courthouses throughout the country that exemplify the ideals of American democracy and justice,” said GSA Greater Southwest Regional Administrator J.D. Salinas, who accepted the award Nov. 11 during the Texas Downtown Development and Revitalization Conference. “El Paso is now part of this rich tradition.”

Officially dedicated in early September, the construction of the courthouse was made possible, in part, by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments by GSA.

The Texas Downtown Association awards program is statewide and open to association members and nonmembers. The courthouse was among a pool of more than 40 nominations under consideration for recognition in one of two areas: design and achievement.

The President’s Award for Best New Construction recognizes excellence in new construction in downtown or commercial districts. Judges said they were impressed by the use of materials, which paid homage to the copper industry of El Paso and how the design of the building connected with the surrounding downtown.   

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

The building, certified as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver by the U.S. Green Building Council, incorporates computerized heating, ventilation and air conditioning; 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, and ceiling tiles.

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

 

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Beverly Abell, President of the Texas Downtown Association presents the 2010 President's Award for Best New Construction to GSA Greater Southwest Regional Administrator J.D. Salinas. The new Albert Armendariz Sr. U.S. Courthouse in El Paso, Texas, made possible in part, by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments by GSA, won the award. Photo by Tony Eeds.