The U.S. Government Services Administration (GSA) recently selected a joint venture comprised of Michael Graves Architecture & Design (MGA&D) and TMPartners, PLLC, to proceed with the design of the new U.S. Federal Courthouse in Nashville, Tennessee. MGA&D will serve as the lead design architect for this GSA Design Excellence project.
Situated on more than three acres on Church Street in downtown Nashville, the new 339,000-square-foot, six story courthouse will contain eight courtrooms, 11 chambers and is targeted to meet the LEED Gold Level of certification. The estimated cost of the project is $193.5 million, and the new facility is expected to be completed by 2021.
“We are honored to be selected by the GSA for this project. Our focus is on delivering a building that will not only stand the test of time and fit well within the community, but will enhance the experience of the employees who work there and the people who visit.” –Patrick Burke, AIA, Design Principal-In-Charge
Funding for the new Nashville courthouse was approved earlier this year as part of an effort to address the space constraints and security challenges in a number of aging federal courthouses across the country. While the design for the Nashville courthouse was originally awarded in 2002, funding for the project was put on hold at the end of the design process in 2006. The project will be updated to comply with current standards.
The new U.S. Courthouse will allow the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee and other court-related agencies presently located in the Estes Kefauver Federal Building and Annex to consolidate their operations to one location. Relocating to the new courthouse will improve efficiency and enhance security for court personnel and the general public.