By CN Staff
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) awarded a $79.8 million contract to Birmingham, Alabama-based Brasfield & Gorrie LLC to build the new federal courthouse in Huntsville, Alabama.
Construction on the 123,000-square-foot federal courthouse is slated to begin in spring 2022 and will take approximately 30 months to complete. Once built, the courthouse will serve as home to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama and the Bankruptcy Court of Northern Alabama, in addition to providing workspace for several other federal agencies, including the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“This contract award is a significant step in our work to bring a long-awaited, new federal courthouse to Huntsville—which has been a priority of mine for over a decade,” said Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama. “I am proud that GSA has chosen a local Alabama company to head up the construction. In 2018, I worked to secure $110 million in funding through appropriations legislation for this very project. I am confident it will have a lasting impact in North Alabama, and I look forward to its completion.”
“Our goal with this project is to provide a safe and secure work environment that meets the 21st century needs of the federal judiciary,” said Kevin Kerns, acting Regional Administrator for GSA’s Southeast Sunbelt Region. “Throughout this process, we’ve collaborated closely with the City of Huntsville, and we’re extremely thankful for that partnership.”
- Once finished, the three-story courthouse will include five courtrooms and six judges’ chambers.
- The five-acre property sits at the intersection of Lowe Avenue and Gallatin Street in downtown Huntsville.
- Steve White of Fentress Architects in Washington, D.C., is the project’s lead designer, and Lee Sims of Studio Scarab Architecture Interiors Planning in Montgomery, Ala., serves as the courthouse designer. Payne Design Group Architects of Montgomery provided bridging architectural services.
The new courthouse’s design is neoclassical in style, with a large pedimented entry portico flanked by gently arcing symmetrical wings; it incorporates modern security, sustainability and technological features necessary for a contemporary federal courthouse, while integrating classical organizational, proportional and design elements. In addition, the design showcases a large formal public lawn with symmetrical plantings that will help both to create a sense of space and also offer gracious views.
In addition to the new Huntsville courthouse, construction also continues on a new federal courthouse in Anniston, Alabama. Work on the 63,000 square-foot facility is anticipated to be complete by early 2022.
GSA provides centralized procurement for the federal government, managing a real estate portfolio of nearly 370 million rentable square feet and overseeing approximately $75 billion in annual contracts.