The city’s new federal courthouse was designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects and opened in 2012. Located downtown next to Republic Square Park, it was an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project. The modern, cubic building is constructed from glass and stone, and features an interior stained glass installation by artist Clifford Ross. The courthouse uses a limestone façade, like many of the city’s public buildings, but with a modern twist, exposing the smooth side of the stone rather than its textured face. Its combinations of gravity and light have been heralded as a return to ambitions public construction.