Tuscaloosa Federal Building and Courthouse – Government Projects, Administration, Caulks Adhesives And Sealants, Design, Engineering, Legal Issues, Religious Projects, Walls – Architect Magazine

Tuscaloosa was once the capital of Alabama, but now its regional importance comes from the state’s flagship university and its powerhouse football team. And while the design tenor of the Crimson Tide’s campus has strayed far from its 1828 beginnings—the University of Alabama was modeled on Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia—Chicago-based HBRA Architects have revived classical precedents for another locally significant civic structure, the new Tuscaloosa Federal Building and Courthouse.The 127,000-square-foot building is part of the U.S. General Services Administration’s GSA Design Excellence program, and U.S. District Court Judge Scott Coogler—who served as the de facto client heading a group of the structure’s tenants—was clear about the goals for the $47.8 million project. The building had to look like a courthouse particular to its southern locale—which meant that columns, steps, and masonry were de rigueur. “This is not my first courthouse,” Coogler says. “People need to have the sense they’re coming to a place of justice, not an office building.”

via Tuscaloosa Federal Building and Courthouse – Government Projects, Administration, Caulks Adhesives And Sealants, Design, Engineering, Legal Issues, Religious Projects, Walls – Architect Magazine.

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