New Federal Building and Courthouse in Tuscaloosa Wins Award for Exemplary Achievement in Masonry
February 27, 2013

The new Federal Building and Courthouse in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has been recognized with another award for design and construction excellence — this time for "Exemplary Achievement in Masonry." As a winner in the 2012 MCAA Team Awards presented by the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA), the high-profile Greek-Revival style facility is featured on the cover of Masonry magazine (Feb. 2013 issue). Designated U.S. Federal Building 1, the project took top honors in the Government category.

KBR Building Group constructed the $48.5 million project for the U.S. General Services Administration in partnership with local contractor Harrison Construction. The masonry contractor was Jollay Masonry and the architect of record was Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge Architects (HBRA Architects). The facility was formally dedicated in December 2011, subsequently earning a LEED Gold rating.

Other Awards
The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Alabama presented the construction team with the prestigious Eagle Award – that organization’s top award – in the Federal Government/Military category; thus, qualifying it for the national awards competition. The project also won the Best of 2012 award — Best Government/Public Building Project — presented by Engineering News-Record (ENR) Southeast magazine. In addition, the design team was honored with the coveted 2012 Palladio Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Traditional Design” in the category, New Design & Construction — more than 30,000 sf.