New Chattanooga Courthouse
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) received authorization from Congress in the amount of $218,000,000 for the site acquisition, design and construction of a new 186,000-square-foot federal courthouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The courthouse, once completed, will consist of seven (7) courtrooms, nine (9) chambers, and 39 inside secure parking spaces. The facility will also provide space for the District Clerk, U.S. Probation Office, Bankruptcy Clerk, United States Marshals Services, United States Attorney’s Office, Federal Public Defender and the General Services Administration.
GSA is in the Site Selection Phase.
The draft Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment for the construction [PDF - 17 MB] and operation of the new courthouse is available for public review. A hard copy is also available at the Chattanooga Public Library Downtown Branch, located at 1001 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402.
All comments must be received by email or postmarked by Dec. 31, 2023. Comments can be submitted via mail or email.
Mail: Comments submitted by mail must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2023 and sent to the following mailing address:
Attention: Mr. Ashish Desai
GSA Region 4
Facilities Management Division
Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building
77 Forsyth Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Email: Send email comments by Dec. 31, 2023 to firstname.lastname@example.org and reference “Chattanooga Courthouse EA” in the subject line.
GSA awarded the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) contract on March 1, 2023 with the Notice to Proceed issued for the NEPA analysis on March 21. The contract was awarded to Potomac Hudson Engineering (PHE). The NEPA analysis will take approximately 9 - 10 months to complete. A Program of Requirements (POR) study will also be conducted for this project. GSA intends to contract with a construction manager as advisor (CMa) firm to conduct the POR study and anticipates issuing the request for proposals (RFP) to qualified CMa firms in the second quarter of the calendar year 2023.
- March 2023 - Award NEPA contract
- September 2023 - Award CMa contract
- February 2024 - Preferred Site Identified
- May 2024 - POR Complete
- Total authorized: $218M for site acquisition, design and construction & related expenses
- Total appropriated (to date): $218M site acquisition, design and construction & related expenses
- Design and Construction of the courthouse to follow GSA Design and Construction Excellence policies and procedures.