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.

In October 2020, GSA awarded the Construction Manager as Advisor (CMa) contract to APSI Construction Management Commissioning services will also be provided by APSI as part of their CMa contract.

The pre-solicitation notice for the Design Builder was posted on on December 1. The solicitation for Phase I Request for Qualifications is currently planned to be posted on on December 15.

Latest Updates

The closing and transfer of land is still anticipated to occur by February 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
  • Jan. 2021 - Bridging Design phase complete
  • July 2021 - Award of the Design/ Build Contract
  • Feb. 2022 - Construction begins
  • Jan. 2023 - Design complete (100% construction documents)
  • July 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

News releases

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Last Reviewed: 2020-12-03