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Jackson federal building to get $86.7 million

      The A.H. McCoy Federal Building in downtown Jackson is getting a facelift thanks to a grant provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

      Mayor Harvey Johnson announced plans for the $86.7 million modernization and renovation of the 30-year old facility at a Monday morning press conference.

      Construction for the first of the five-phase project is expected to begin next month.

      “We are pleased to be in Jackson, and with construction underway for the new Federal Courthouse, the GSA (General Services Administration) has approximately $200 million invested in this city,” said Gary Mote, public affairs officer the GSA’s southeast region.

      The renovation to the McCoy Federal Building will include interior repair and upgrades to improve security and provide for better energy efficiency and safety.  Also included in the facelift is the design and construction of a new 3,000-square foot security pavilion.

      “This project will employ hundreds in addition to continuing the renaissance of downtown Jackson,” said Johnson.

      Mote said the upgrade is one of 120 modernization projects scheduled across the nation to federal buildings and facilities.

     “These projects will deliver lasting progress towards modernizing our nation’s infrastructure, reduce energy costs and increase our use of clean and renewable sources of energy,” he said.

      GSA awarded a $60 million construction contract to Skanska USA Building, Inc. for improvements to the building, which was completed in 1979.  Jackson architectural firm Cooke Douglass Farr and Lemons, in association with Schwarz Silver Architects of Boston, will handle architectural and engineering services for the project.



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