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Downtown Federal Courthouse Gets Final Touches Before Opening

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Source: Los Angeles Business Journal

After $350 million and nearly four years of construction, downtown’s shiny new federal courthouse is ready for its public debut. Although the bulk of construction was completed in August, a ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Thursday and will feature speeches from Mayor Eric Garcetti, downtown councilman José Huizar and U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard...

It’s one of the safest courthouses in the country, both seismically and from violent threats, said Craig Hartman, senior consulting design partner at architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.

The aesthetics of the building are intended to highlight its location in downtown’s governmental epicenter, a stone’s throw from City Hall, the LAPD administration building, and an array of other courthouses.

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