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Administrator Carnahan Joins Texas Officials, U.S. District Courts for San Antonio Federal Courthouse Dedication

This GSA project was completed on time and under budget

SAN ANTONIO -- Today, Administrator Robin Carnahan of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Congressman Henry Cuellar, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, and officials from the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Texas convened for a dedication of the U.S. Courthouse in historic downtown San Antonio.

“This courthouse represents years of hard work, dedication, and partnership to deliver a state of the art, high-performance facility for our judicial branch and a cultural landmark for the community,” said GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan. “This is a great example of why smart investments in our nation’s infrastructure are so important right now. In the coming years, Texas can expect to see more of these once in a generation investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”

“Getting this courthouse off the ground was years in the making and to see those efforts now come full circle as they open their doors today is fulfilling,” said U.S. Senator John Cornyn. “A new legacy of safety, community, and justice is on the horizon for the people of San Antonio.”

"I am very excited that the new federal courthouse is completed, with the support of federal funding from the Congressional appropriations process. The new courthouse will serve the community as a safe space free from water quality, air quality, space, safety and security issues that plagued the previous building. This courthouse will transform the community and allow the Western District of Texas to meet growing jurisdictional demand,” said Congressman Cuellar, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. “I would like to thank the General Services Administration, and especially Senator Cornyn, for helping me to secure the necessary funding. I would also like to thank U.S. Western District Judge of Texas Rodriguez and Chief Judge Garcia for their due diligence on making this new courthouse a reality.”

“This new facility designed by Lake Flato and built by Brasfield & Gorrie provides much needed security and environmental enhancements to court operations, while still retaining architectural elements from our two previous locations - the Wood Courthouse and the Hipolito Garcia Building,” said Judge Xavier Rodriguez. “The architects and contractor did a wonderful job of constructing a modern building that possesses abstract art pieces that reference the scales of justice, while incorporating elements of the court’s historic past that began in 1846.”

The U.S. District Courts and supporting court related agencies were previously housed in the John H. Wood, Jr. U.S. Courthouse in downtown San Antonio, Texas. The historic facility was originally constructed as the U.S. Pavilion for the 1968 World’s Fair and later, in 1974, was renovated to house court functions. Throughout the years, the court’s space needs grew making it necessary to expand. The new courthouse provides for the consolidation of court functions into one facility for improved efficiencies and includes updated U.S. Courts Design Guide and security requirements.  Additionally, the new courthouse stands as a beautiful government landmark to serve the American people for generations to come.

General Information:

  • The new U.S. Courthouse is located at 262 W. Nueva Street, San Antonio, Texas 78207.
  • The facility has 8 courtrooms (5 District, 2 Magistrate, and 1 Special Proceedings) and 13 chambers (8 District, 3 Magistrate and 2 Court of Appeals).  
  • Tenants include the U.S District Courts, U.S. Clerk of the Court for the Western District of Texas, U.S. Magistrate Courts, U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services, Federal Public Defender, U.S. Court of Appeals, U.S. Marshals, U.S. Attorneys and GSA.


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