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COURTHOUSE DESIGNS WIN EXCELLENCE AWARD

Designs for the proposed $100 million federal courthouse on Buffalo's Niagara Square have won an excellence award for public architecture from the U.S. General Services Administration.

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC, of New York, the project's architect, was honored for its design work in the national review of government structures.

A jury of private sector professionals reviewed more than 140 projects in 20 categories as part of the annual awards efforts. A total of 15 projects were honored for their excellence.

The review panel cited the Buffalo courthouse design for its "complex urban context."

"It is a design that brings order to an otherwise chaotic urban realm and does so with a surprisingly quiet and dignified presence," the panel said of the proposed 10-story, semi-elliptical court building.

Chief U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara and District Judge William M. Skretny attended the award ceremony last week in Washington, D.C.