The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced today that local construction firm W.G. Yates & Sons will handle the much-talked-about renovations to the John Campbell Federal Courthouse in downtown Mobile as well as the construction of separate federal facility.

The project, which aims to construct a new 155,000-gross-square-foot federal courthouse in Mobile and renovate the current John Campbell Courthouse, has been planned for several years.

DSC_0201Last summer, $118 million was secured in a funding bill for fiscal year 2014, and almost $86 million of the allotment is planned to construct a new facility that will house three additional magistrate courtrooms.

The remaining $32 million has been set aside for renovating the current facility at 113 St. Joseph St. in Mobile. However, the exact dollar figure of the contract awarded to Yates and Sons is unknown at this time.

Still, on Monday Congressman Bradley Byrne said finally getting the contracts moving was a “positive development” for the project.

“My office has been urging GSA to move forward on the construction of a new federal courthouse in downtown Mobile since early last year,” Byrne said in a press release. “Today’s announcement is certainly good news and a positive development in getting a new courthouse built. I will continue to work closely with GSA as the process moves forward to ensure the courthouse is a welcome addition to historic downtown Mobile.”

Not many details are known about the contract at this time, but according to Byrne’s office the construction period is expected to last approximately four years.