New courthouse puts people to work

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by STEVE ALBERTS/ KVUE News

kvue.com

Posted on June 5, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Updated Saturday, Jun 5 at 9:13 AM

The new federal courthouse being built in Austin is one of the largest construction projects to be built with federal stimulus dollars.
One federal offical said it's not about the bricks and mortar, it's about putting people to work.

Nine months into construction, and Austin's new federal courthouse is on target to open in the fall of 2012.
On Friday, construction crews were busy framing the second floor.
Workers have already finished a concrete shell of the first level. 
 
"You can see this building is going up," Congressman Lloyd Doggett said.
Doggett, federal officials and the construction company were at the site just west of Republic Square Park in downtown Austin Friday to give a progress report.

"This building would not be happening now if it were not for the recovery act," Doggett said.

"It's about the people you see here around the site, people working hard every day providing for their families," General Services Administration Administrator J.D. Salinas said.

Since breaking ground, the  $116 million dollar project has been putting hundreds of  people in the metro area back to work.
The Recovery and Reinvestment Act covers the cost it takes to hire those workers.

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"Cover there are a lot of folks who got to keep their jobs because of this project..it's the right thing to do if you live in central Texas and have good crafts here, good people here," Vice President of White Construction Bill Farnum said.

"Those jobs are jobs that keep families with sustenance in Travis County," Doggett said.

The courthouse is going up on the the land where the unfinished Intel building was imploded three years ago.
When completed, the eight story, 252,000 square foot courthouse will be a high performance green building, using less energy, water and resources than typical federal buildings.

Officials say about 100 people are working on the site and by the time the courthouse is completed, nearly 2,000 people will have worked directly on the building.

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