Groundbreaking for New U.S. Courthouse in Harrisburg
Over 120 people attended the June 25 groundbreaking ceremony for a new 243,000 gross square foot courthouse for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. With a site spanning approximately four acres, the new courthouse will provide eight courtrooms, 11 chambers and 42 indoor parking spaces. The new facility will also house offices for the U.S. Court Library, the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Trustee Program.
Ceremony speakers and groundbreaking participants for this event included GSA Regional Administrator Joyce C. Haas serving as master of ceremonies; GSA Public Buildings Service Commissioner Dan Mathews; Pennsylvania Congressmen Scott Perry, Louis J. Barletta and William F. Shuster; Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; keynote speaker Chief Judge Christopher C. Conner for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; Judge Sylvia H. Rambo of the Middle District of Pennsylvania and Judge John E. Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
GSA Regional Administrator Joyce C. Haas said, “Through the partnerships we’ve developed at the federal, state and local levels, the new U.S. Courthouse will be a 21st century facility that will benefit both the city of Harrisburg, our federal partners and the community of users who pass through it every day.”
When completed, the new courthouse at 6th and Riley streets will meet the federal government’s security requirements and courts’ expansion requirements, as well as serve as a contemporary civic landmark and provide public spaces in the Midtown area of Harrisburg. This project will encourage future economic development opportunities in this community.
Chief Judge Conner said, “This new courthouse represents an area of growth for the City of Harrisburg. GSA and our design team recognize the importance of economic growth in the area which surrounds a new courthouse. We promise a structure that will inspire both civic pride and economic growth. GSA has been a great partner in the lead up to this day.”
"Our success is a result of the commitment, cooperation and collaboration of many,” said GSA Public Buildings Service Commissioner Dan Mathews. “Thank you to the members of Congress, judges, our design and construction companies, GSA staff and the community for your hard work, dedication and support of this project."
Rendering and Model of the U.S. Courthouse courtesy of Ennead Architects.
The $192.7 million project was designed by Ennead Architects of New York. Chief Judge Conner said, “The construction and design team assembled by GSA for this new courthouse is quite simply exceptional. The building concept and basic design created by the design team at Ennead is inspiring and perfectly suited for this site. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the final product on this site will be not only a modern federal courthouse, but also an important civic landmark symbolizing the highest ideals of our constitutional form of government.”
Construction site work began in May 2018 by general contractor Mascaro Construction Company LP of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the courthouse is anticipated to be completed in fall 2021.
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