GSA announces $136M Congressional authorization for Southeast federal courthouse projects
December 1, 2016
ATLANTA — The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) received final authorization from Congress for two federal courthouse projects in the agency’s Southeast Sunbelt Region totaling nearly $136 million. The projects in Georgia and Mississippi have been identified as priorities for the federal judiciary as part of the FY16 Omnibus Spending Bill.
“The authorizations mark an important step in moving these courthouse projects forward,” said Mike Goodwin, GSA Regional Commissioner for the Southeast Sunbelt Region. “This investment will help GSA support the judiciary’s mission and prompt local economic development.”
The Congressional approval authorizes funds to meet the judiciary’s current and long-term needs for security, accessibility and operational efficiency, and include:
- Greenville, Mississippi-- $40.1 million for site acquisition, design and construction of a new 62,000-square-foot U.S. Courthouse. The new courthouse will be an anchor for revitalization of the historic central business district and provide two courtrooms with three judicial chambers for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. Other tenants will include the U.S. Marshals Service, the Office of the U.S. Attorneys, the Office of the Federal Public Defender, and the U.S. Probation Services Office. This project is scheduled for completion in 2021.
- Savannah, Georgia-- $95.5 million for the design and construction of a new 46,000-square-foot U.S. Courthouse Annex, and the repair and alteration of the historic Tomochichi Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse. The Savannah courthouse project will provide four courtrooms and five chambers to accommodate five judges. Other tenants will include the U.S. Marshals Service and the Office of the U.S. Attorneys. GSA’s Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a contractor to design and build the Annex is scheduled to close Dec. 23, 2016 on FedBizOpps.gov. This project is scheduled for full completion in 2022.
All new courthouses and renovations will be completed in accordance with the U.S. Courts Design Guide, meet the 10-year space needs of the courts and court-related agencies, and be consistent with the application of courtroom sharing policies. Similar GSA projects have contributed to reducing the Government’s environmental footprint, creating valuable savings, and stimulating economic growth.
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