Groundbreaking event held for new U.S. Courthouse for the Middle District of Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The family and friends of the late Sen. Fred Thompson joined the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee to break ground on the new Fred D. Thompson U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building today in Nashville, Tennessee.
Several leaders and elected officials from across Tennessee, including Sen. Lamar Alexander and U.S. Reps. Jim Cooper and Scott DesJarlais, were on hand to grab shovels and help kick off the 3-year project to build the 280,000-square-foot facility.
“Today’s groundbreaking has been over 20 years in the making and started with the vision of many judges of our court,” said Chief Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr., with the Middle District of Tennessee. “Thanks to the support of our Congressional delegation and the tenacity and leadership of District Judge Aleta Trauger, today their vision becomes reality and the citizens of the Middle District of Tennessee can take pride.
Once complete, the new courthouse will provide eight courtrooms and 11 judges’ chambers. In addition to the U.S. District Court, the new facility will also provide workspace for the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services System, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, GSA and local senatorial staff offices.
“This groundbreaking marks the first steps to deliver a facility that will address the 21st century workspace and security needs of the Middle District of Tennessee and the other agencies that will soon reside here,” said GSA Regional Administrator Brian Stern. “Many thanks to everyone here today who recognized the importance of meeting those needs and championed the building of this new courthouse.”
GSA anticipates that the $194.5 million project, designed by Michael Graves Architecture & Design, will be complete by spring 2021.
The mission of the U.S. General Services Administration is to deliver value and savings in real estate, acquisition, technology and other mission-support services across the government. One of its four strategic objectives is to save taxpayer money through better management of federal real estate.