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Sam Gibbons Federal Courthouse


Sam Gibbons Federal Courthouse
Tampa Federal Courthouse, Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse II


Structure in General

existing [completed]
curtain wall
exposed structure
light gray light green


court house


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

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801 North Florida Avenue
400 East Polk Street, 800 North Marion Street, 401 East Cass Street
801 North Florida Avenue
Downtown / CBD

Technical Data

375.00 ft
375.00 ft
375.00 ft

Involved Companies

HOK Florida
architectural metalwork supplier, construction company, cooling installation, electrical contractor, electrical engineering, elevator consultant, facade consultant, facade maintenance system installation, facility management, general contractor, lightning protection, mechanical systems installation, project management, rebar supplier, security system consultant, structural engineering
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