GSA hosts grand opening for Bakersfields new sustainable courthouse

Courthouse created more than 650 new jobs

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will officially open the new U.S. Courthouse in Bakersfield with members of the judiciary and the city of Bakersfield on Friday, Sept. 28.

The celebration event will highlight this project as the first example of a federal court designed and constructed using the Design-Build method.

The Bakersfield courthouse was designed and developed in 31 months (rather than the normal 60 months), saved $2 million, and created more than 650 jobs. 

It is a high-performance, sustainable facility.  With green technologies such as photovoltaic panels and solar-heated hot water, maximum use of daylight, and protective shades, energy consumption is expected to be reduced by 45 percent relative to a comparable building.

The courthouse is on target to achieve LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Speakers from both the federal and city governments will discuss the importance of this project to the judiciary, the citizens of Bakersfield and the American taxpayer.  In addition, following the event, the architect, Steve McConnell, and featured artist, Lucinda Parker, will provide a tour highlighting their work.

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