Grand Opening of Federal Building and Courthouse in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Draws Special Guest U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Other Dignitaries
January 16, 2012

Crowds gathered in downtown Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Monday, December 19, 2011, for a formal dedication ceremony to celebrate the latest addition to the city’s Downtown Urban Renewal Project  — the newly constructed Federal Building and Courthouse. KBR Building Group’s own Sam Peng, project executive, made brief remarks preceding the introduction of special guest U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. 

In his keynote address, Justice Thomas said, “Though the art and architecture are to be greatly admired, what happens here in the years to come will define and give real meaning to this courthouse.” Other federal officials who spoke at the dedication included U.S. Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama, U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Michael Stilson, and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Joel Dubina.  The day’s activities were followed by a black-tie gala that evening.  In addition to Sam Peng, KBR Building Group was represented by  Jerry Young, superintendent, Monnie Wood, project executive, and Mark White, operations manager.

 KBR Building Group provided preconstruction and construction services for the $47.8 million, 127,376-square-foot building under a contract with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).  We teamed with Harrison Construction, a firm local to Tuscaloosa.  Construction commenced in November 2009 and despite a tornado in April 2011 that devastated the surrounding region, the project was finished on time in September 2011. 

Mark White, project executive, KBR Building Group, praised those intimately involved in the project, saying ”Our team brought this project to the finish line in wonderful fashion.  The GSA regards this project in their program as their model of success.  No higher compliment could be paid to our people, and KBR Building Group is proud of what they have accomplished on this engagement with GSA. I’m confident this success will lead to more opportunities with the GSA.”

The traditional federal style building is home to nearly 20 government tenants including U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts, U.S. Attorneys, Congressional offices, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Marshal Service and the Social Security Administration. The project is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and is pending LEED Gold Certification.

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