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New federal courthouse dedicated

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The new Federal Courthouse in Jackson was dedicated Friday afternoon. 

The 400,000 square foot facility sits on Court street, and houses the United States District Court, Court of Appeals, Bankruptcy Court, Probation Office, Marshals Service, U.S. Attorney, and the General Services Administration.  Yates construction built the 150-Million Dollar facility.

Architect Hugh Hardy says, "We wanted a building that belonged here that would belong no where else and not come off a shelf and be a package that would be something that was part of Jackson."

As you walk into the entrance, you are welcomed with a mural of the Pearl River riverbed, by local artist Jeff Schumuki.

There are 12 courtrooms located on the top three floors of the east and west towers with doors carved from pecan trees that were salvaged from the original lot where the courthouse now sits.   There are two main buildings, the East, and West towers, which are connected with a glass enclosed span.  The building is designed like a puzzle piece that would connect to the state capitol.  Both are naturally connected to each other down Congress street.

The building is six floors, and has two floors of secured parking. 

Senator Thad Cochran who attended the dedication Friday says, "I think it's a new asset for the city of Jackson and the entire state.  This is really a state of the art federal court building." 

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