Federal Building and Courthouse in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Wins Architectural Design Award
April 3, 2012

The newly constructed Federal Building and Courthouse in downtown Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has been selected for a national architectural design award for outstanding achievement in traditional design. 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). The building was formally dedicated in mid-December 2011.

The project won a 2012 Palladio Award in the category Commercial, Institutional & Public Projects, New Design & Construction (more than 30,000 square feet).

The architect of record, HBRA Architects, Chicago, submitted the project to the Palladio Awards Program, which is produced by Traditional Building magazine. The program is named in honor of Andrea Palladio, the Renaissance architect who created modern architecture for his time while drawing on past models for inspiration. The Tuscaloosa Federal Building and Courthouse will be featured in the June 2012 issue of Traditional Building and the award will be presented at a ceremony in July 2012 as part of the Traditional Building Conference in Boston.

About the Project
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.