A Look Inside the Federal Courthouse

November 4, 2011 Updated Nov 5, 2011 at 9:31 AM EDT

By WKBW News

November 4, 2011 Updated Nov 5, 2011 at 9:31 AM EDT

Buffalo (WKBW) It has been under construction in Downtown Buffalo for years. But finally, the new federal courthouse is almost ready to open, and Friday we got our first look inside.

It is a new addition to the Buffalo skyline; the courthouse in Niagara Square. Friday, Congressman Brian Higgins and Senator Chuck Schumer, who were instrumental in the project, got a sneak peek inside the brand new facility.

"The Buffalo courthouse will be a new pillar of the Buffalo community that will serve both jobs and justice in Western New York," Senator Schumer said.

"Everybody that has been involved in this can take great pride in this beautiful structure that will serve the interests of Buffalo and Western New York for decades to come," Higgins added.

Architecturally, the courthouse is one of a kind, with spectacular views of downtown and Lake Erie. The front of the building is all glass, with the words of the Constitution etched on the windows.

"This building is really, really unique when it comes to federal courthouses. Which is the great vision of great architects both contemporary and historical," Higgins said.

"Sometimes we have to think grandly and not just have cinder blocks. This does that and I'm so proud that such an amazing and beautiful courthouse is in Buffalo," Schumer said.

The new courthouse has ten courtrooms. It also provides the latest in modern technology, from TVs and monitors for lawyers and jurors, to cameras for video arraignments. The building is also gold-rated for being green.

There is still one unanswered question for the courthouse: who will it be named after? There are several possibilities including Robert Jackson of Jamestown, a former Supreme Court Justice, or a number of Western New York war heroes. Officials say they have not decided on a name as of yet.

The new federal courthouse will be open for business on November 28th.