New Huntsville U.S. Courthouse

In fiscal year 2019, Congress approved funding for the construction of a new approximately 123,100-gross-square-foot federal courthouse in Huntsville, Alabama, for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama. The new courthouse will include five courtrooms and six judges’ chambers and will provide workspace for several other federal agencies, including the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the U.S Probation and Pretrial Services. Once built, the courthouse will have 26 secured parking spaces.

In addition to GSA’s work on a new federal courthouse in Anniston, Alabama, efforts to design and build the new Huntsville courthouse mark the second active federal courthouse project currently underway in partnership with the Northern District of Alabama.

Current Status

GSA’s efforts to build the new Huntsville federal courthouse entered into the bridging design phase in November 2019.

Latest Updates

The closing and transfer of land occurred on Feb. 10, 2021, and final bridging documents were provided by the bridging architect in March 2021.

The procurement of the Design Builder is being conducted using a two-phase selection process. The solicitation for Phase 1 Request for Qualifications was posted on on January 19, 2021. The Phase 2 Request for Proposal will be issued to three short-listed Offerors and is currently planned for mid-April, 2021.

Project Details

Total authorized funding: $86.4 million for site acquisition, design and construction services.
Project delivery method: Design-Build Bridging
Lead design architect: Steve White, Fentress Architects
Anticipated milestones (all dates are subject to change):

  • Nov. 2019 - Award of the A/E Bridging Architect
  • Oct. 2020 - Award of the CMa & Commissioning Contract
  • March 2021 - Bridging Design phase complete
  • August 2021 - Award of the Design/ Build Contract
  • Feb. 2022 - Construction begins
  • Jan. 2023 - Design complete (100% construction documents)
  • August 2024 - Planned substantial completion

Awarded contracts:
O’Brien & Gere (Phase I Site Assessment and Limited EA) -- Awarded Feb. 2019
CEMS Engineering (Program of Requirements and BTU Survey) - Awarded April 2019
Payne Design Group Architects LLC - Bridging Architect - Awarded November 2019
APSI Construction Management - CMa/ Commissioning - Awarded October 2020

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Last Reviewed: 2021-04-29