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New Federal District Courthouse Breaks Ground In Salt Lake City

New Courthouse Project to Employ Up To 2,000 Workers

New Salt Lake City Courthouse

Rendering of the new Salt Lake City courthouse

GSA # 10781

February 24, 2011
Contact: Sally Mayberry, 303-236-2583

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Today, the U.S. General Services Administration broke ground on a new courthouse located at 351 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, that will accommodate the expanding needs of the state of Utah. The project will create up to 2,000 new jobs in the construction and clean energy industries, deliver a state-of-the-art green building, and encourage further redevelopment of the surrounding community.

“GSA is committed to investing in our infrastructure with sustainable design principles that will create jobs now and save taxpayer money in the future,” said Susan Damour, GSA Rocky Mountain regional administrator. “GSA intends to build a landmark building that will not only meet the pressing needs of the federal courts in the community, but also further support the downtown area of Salt Lake City.”

“This project will have a tremendous effect on overall construction in the state of Utah and particularly Salt Lake City,” said Randy Okland, president of Okland Construction. “As City Creek is nearing completion in the coming 12-18 months, the courthouse will be the single largest project in Salt Lake City.”

The courthouse will be built to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and surpass industry standards by using 34 percent less energy than comparable buildings. GSA will achieve this by diverting 75 percent of the project’s waste from landfills, conserving water with low-flow plumbing fixtures, and using 20 percent recycled content and at least 20 percent local building materials. The building will also use new innovative energy-saving technologies such as advanced mechanical systems, high-performance exterior building enclosure, and natural daylight harvesting. The daylight harvesting alone is projected to save an additional 4 percent of energy on top of the current 34 percent savings. Almost half of the site for the new courthouse will consist of green and pedestrian-friendly open space with walkable access to more than 400 bus or train trips per day.

The courthouse will entail close to 410,000 gross square feet, including seven district and three magistrate courtrooms, along with 14 chambers and office support spaces on 10 floors above grade. There will be two floors below grade that will contain parking and building support space. Construction is expected to be complete by the spring of 2014.


About GSA. As the federal government's workplace solutions provider, the U.S. General Services Administration works to foster an effective, sustainable and transparent government for the American people. GSA’s expertise in government workplace solutions include:

• Effective management of government assets including more than 9,600 government-owned or -leased buildings, 215,000 vehicles in the federal fleet, and preservation of historic federal properties.
• Leveraging the government’s buying power through responsible acquisition of products and services making up approximately 14 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars.
• Providing innovative technology solutions to enhance government efficiency and increase citizen engagement.
• Promoting responsible use of federal resources through development of government-wide policies ranging from federal travel to property and management practices.

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