The New Federal Courthouse Opens Its Doors

November 28, 2011 Updated Nov 28, 2011 at 4:06 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

November 28, 2011 Updated Nov 28, 2011 at 4:06 PM EDT

"The court is extraordinary excited. This allows us to practice law the way we believe it was contemplated by our forefathers," U.S District Judge William Scretny said.

It's been years in the making and Monday they cut the ribbon and raised the flag to celebrate the start of a new era for employees.

"This is a profound statement about the great community in Buffalo and Western New York," Congressman Brian Higgins said.

The $140 million state of the art facility didn't come without its share of obstacles. Condensation built up in the walls while the building was being constructed, causing mold to grow. A section of the wall had to be taken down to fix the problem, costing time and money. It was problems like these that delayed the courthouse opening several times. Now, the doors are open.

Many people say the building will bring a modern twist to the historic Niagara Square and it will also have an economic impact.

"It sends a message that the private investment that has taken place in downtown is accompanied by Federal investment and I think it will encourage further investment in downtown Buffalo," Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said.

Now that the building is ready for business, Congressman Brian Higgins said all it needs is a name.

"We are persuading legislation to name this courthouse after Justice Robert Jackson. He is a uniquely Western New York story and a uniquely American story," Higgins said.