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 has entered into the bridging design phase, which is expected to last approximately one year. Final bridging documents are currently planned to be provided by the architectural and engineering services vendor in early January 2021.

Latest Updates

Due to ongoing archaeological mitigation efforts, the closing and transfer of land is anticipated to occur by February 2021.

GSA also currently plans to award the contract for construction management and commissioning services in October 2020. In addition, a presolicitation notice and a first stage solicitation to procure design-build services will be issued in November 2020.

Next Milestones

A Request for Quotes for a Construction Manager as Advisor will be issued by early May 2020. In accordance with FAR Part 8, GSA plans to issue the Request For Quotes (RFQ) utilizing GSA’s national blanket purchase agreement (BPA) contract vehicle.

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
  • Nov. 2020 - Bridging Design phase complete
  • Apr. 2021 - Award of the Design/ Build Contract
  • Oct. 2021 - Construction begins
  • Oct. 2022 - Design complete (100% construction documents)
  • Apr. 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

News releases

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Last Reviewed: 2020-10-07