Birmingham construction firm lands $79.8M contract for new Huntsville Courthouse

Huntsville Courthouse
A rendering of the new federal courthouse planned for Huntsville. Rendering via U.S. General Services Administration

Birmingham-based construction firm Brasfield & Gorrie LLC has just landed a $79.8M contract to build the new federal courthouse in Huntsville, Alabama. Keep reading to learn more about the project, which is expected to break ground in Spring 2022.

Huntsville Lands a New Federal Courthouse

Huntsville Courthouse
A rendering of the $79.8 million courthouse planned for Huntsville. Rendering via U.S. General Services Administration

Huntsville will soon have a new courthouse, thanks to $110M in funding from the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018. Hailed as a “legacy project” by Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, the new project will replace current Huntsville’s aging courthouse, which was built in 1936.

The total cost of the project—including purchase of the land, design and construction—is estimated to cost $95M. The City of Huntsville purchased the 5-acre property at the corner of Gallatin Street and Lowe Avenue roughly eight years ago, in anticipation of the new courthouse.

Construction Starts Spring 2022

The U.S. General Services Administration awarded the $79.8M construction contract to Birmingham-based Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC. Also involved in the project are:

  • Lead Designer: Steve White of Fentress Architects (Washington, D.C)
  • Courthouse Designer: Lee Sims of Studio Scarab Architecture Interiors Planning (Montgomery, AL)
  • Architect: Payne Design Group Architects (Montgomery, AL)

Work on the three-story, 123,000-square-foot federal courthouse is expected to take around 30 months, starting in Spring 2022. Once complete, the courthouse will include five courtrooms and six judges’ chambers, and will be the new home to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama and the Bankruptcy Court of Northern Alabama. In addition, the building will have space for several federal agencies, such as the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“Our goal with this project is to provide a safe and secure work environment that meets the 21st century needs of the federal judiciary. Throughout this process, we’ve collaborated closely with the City of Huntsville, and we’re extremely thankful for that partnership.”

Kevin Kerns, acting Regional Administrator for U.S. General Services Administration’s Southeast Sunbelt Region

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Nathan Watson
Tennessee native who fell in love with Birmingham during college. Graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2019. Passionate about Birmingham and its continued growth.
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