SALT LAKE CITY - A new federal spending bill, signed Wednesday night by President Barack Obama, contains $211 million earmarked for a new federal courthouse in Salt Lake City.
The bill, passed by both houses of Congress last week, was signed Wednesday evening by the president.
The new courthouse will be built immediately west of the existing Frank E. Moss United States Courthouse at 350 S. Main St. with the main entrance on West Temple. Construction on the new building will begin in the spring of 2010 and will likely take three years to build.
"This has been the culmination of more than a dozen years of effort and I'm very pleased that Congress has finally recognized the importance of making this project a priority in Salt Lake City," said Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, who is credited with securing the funds for the new courthouse. "This courthouse will help meet the growing needs of our state's judiciary system, improve security and give our economy a much needed boost by adding hundreds of jobs."
The courthouse is planned to be 10 stories tall, with secure underground parking and service spaces. The building will contain approximately 368,000 square feet when completed and will be located on a raised landscape plaza.
The new courthouse will include district and magistrate judge courtrooms and chambers; two grand jury suites; the U.S. Probation Office; the U.S. Marshal Service; the Tenth Circuit Branch Law Library; pretrial suites for the U.S. Attorney and federal public defender; U.S. Federal Court Clerk's Office; and supporting office and service spaces.