(WKBW release) Federal and local leaders gathered to officially observe the grand opening of the recently completed U.S. Federal Courthouse in Buffalo.
According to a news release:
“Sitting on the edge of Niagara Square, this magnificent, modern center of justice is symbolic of Buffalo’s storied history and the great future ahead of us,” noted Congressman Brian Higgins. “We the people of Buffalo and Western New York believe in truth and fairness, we stand tall and come together during our trials and we love this community we call home. This is another good day for Western New York.”
A program held on May 3 included: Congressman Brian Higgins, Senator Charles Schumer, WNY U.S. District Court Chief Justice William M. Skretny, U.S. General Services Regional Administrator Denise Pease, U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs, Court of Appeals Second Circuit Justice Richard Wesley, WNY U.S. District Court Judge Richard Arcara, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and William Pedersen of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.
The 10-story, 261,000-square-foot glass covered structure features a curved south wall, 690 punched window openings and triangular shaped element featuring the United States Constitution etched into glass. The building achieved the Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification under the U.S. Green Building Council standards and won the 2011 Award for Design and Manufacturing Excellence from the Architectural Precast Association. It will be home to the U.S. District Court, Court of Appeals, U.S. Probation, U.S. Marshals, U.S. Attorney and GSA.