Sam Gibbons Federal Courthouse
Structure in General
- The building's courtroom has a 16 foot high vaulted ceiling.
- The building was first proposed in 1990.
- Only 17 stories, the building is as tall as a typical 35 story building.
- The building's extended sunshade and multi-layered windows make the building energy efficient.
- The building's western facade is nearly a solid sheet of windows aside from the three story atrium.
- The building's eastern facade, which unlike the western facade is not a curtainwall, resembles a more typical 1990s design.
- The building's large white cap houses elevator and other mechanical equipment as well as a law library.
- The building's construction suffered cost overruns and serious delays.
- The building houses approximately 120 federal employees.
- The building was built as an outgrowth of Tampa's former Federal Courthouse, an historic two-story building.
- The building was built on the northern end downtown to be more conveniently accessed by Interstate 275.
- The building received an award from the U.S. Department of Energy for energy efficient MEP systems.
- Building materials used in the high-rise's construction were chosen based on environmental sensitivity.
- The building is named after Sam M. Giggons, a native of Tampa who served in Congress for 34 years.
- The building's 17 stories is symbolic of the 17 consecutive terms in which its namesake served in Congress.
- In 2001 the building was known as having "sick building syndrome" as employees complained of dizziness, headaches, and itchy eyes.
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