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Fort Pierce Federal Courthouse Naming Ceremony

December 14, 2012

Fort Pierce Federal Courthouse Gets New Name Monday

FORT PIERCE, FL– U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Congressman Thomas Rooney will join the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and U.S. District Court next week to name the Fort Pierce Federal Courthouse and atrium for two of Florida’s distinguished public servants.

The ceremony, being held in the Courthouse atrium December 17 at 10 a.m., will mark the official naming of the Alto Lee Adams, Sr. United States Courthouse and the Dr. William R. Dannahower Atrium.

Nelson and Rooney, who both sponsored legislation naming the judicial center and supported the atrium designation, will offer keynote remarks. The program concludes with an unveiling and comments by relatives of both honorees.

Chief Justice Alto Lee Adams, Sr. served the state of Florida as a judge on the state’s highest court for twelve years and, upon his death in 1988, left behind a lasting legacy of service and community stewardship. Dr. Dannahower was Fort Pierce City Mayor for three terms and worked tirelessly to secure approval for the construction of the Courthouse through Congress.

“Naming the courthouse and its main corridor for two of Florida’s finest citizens further punctuates an already successful collaboration between federal and local communities,” said Shyam Reddy, Southeast Regional Administrator for GSA, which owns the building and managed construction. “The courthouse adds significant value to Ft. Pierce and this gesture gives the building new meaning and purpose.”

“Justice Adams was an exemplary public servant who gave so much to Florida,” said Nelson. “The courthouse is a testament to his impact in the community and a lasting reminder of his considerable legacy.”

“Chief Justice Adams set the standard for judicial excellence and community service, and he is remembered fondly throughout St. Lucie County and the state of Florida,” Rooney said. “The new federal courthouse in Ft. Pierce will be a great asset to the community, and it’s only fitting to dedicate the courthouse in honor of Alto Adams, Sr.”

Chief United States District Judge Federico A. Moreno said, “It was truly a labor of love on Dr. Dannahower’s part for the local community, and the construction of this federal courthouse in Fort Pierce simply would not have happened without his efforts spanning a period of almost twenty years.”

In operation since January 2012, the $56.3 million Courthouse includes District and Magistrate

Courtrooms and primarily houses the U.S. Courts, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Attorneys and

U.S. Probation offices within 123,400 square feet of space. The Courthouse achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification this year and earned the Construction Management Association of America’s Award for Project Achievement in October.

The dedication ceremony is open to the public. Security measures will be in place; government-issued identification is required. Cell phones and cameras are not allowed.

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NOTE TO MEDIA: Members of the media planning to cover the ceremony should RSVP to Saudia Muwwakkil at (404) 215-8755 or Security measures will be in place for all attendees; media representatives should plan to arrive about 20 minutes early and provide a government-issued photo ID and current media credentials. Cell phones are not allowed.

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