The Chesapeake, Va.-based firm of HDM Associates Inc. was allocated $192,586 last year to conduct architectural and engineering design services.
"Approximately 20 full-time positions have been created annually since the start of this project," Gilliam said.
A fenced-off staging area has been in place around the west side of the building since the construction phase of the project began.
The federal building houses local offices for representatives of the U.S. Senate, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, District and Bankruptcy Courts, the U.S. Attorneys for the Southern District, U.S. Marshals, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Probation Office, U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee Office, Public Defender and local offices for the General Services Administration.
The improvements are expected to be complete by summer 2011.
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