Background Check: DLR Group’s Bill Buursma

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Name: William Buursma
Field: Architecture
Title: Justice+Civic Principal / Architect, AIA, LEED AP
Agency: DLR Group of Seattle
Education: Undergraduate degree, University of Michigan; Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
Time Served: more than 40 years as an architect, 20 in
Currently Reading: “Any historical fiction that has to do with sailing in the 18t

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U.S. Courthouse, Seattle

With a sleek symmetrical tower that stretches nearly 400 feet into Seattle’s skyline, the federal courthouse that opened in the city in 2004 is one of latest architectural gems created to improve the federal justice system aesthetically and functionally.

The $220 million facility, designed by Seattle-based architectural firm NBBJ and operated by the U.S. General Services Administration, covers a two-acre parcel in downtown Seattle. The courtroom tower has 23 floors with 18 courtrooms and 22 judicial chambers. An adjacent office building houses several federal agencies.

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