ATLANTA – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced the award of two contracts to prepare for the construction of a new U.S. Courthouse in Nashville, Tennessee. The agency has awarded an approximately $1.8 million demolition services contract to Katmai Support Services, a small business located in Smyrna, Tennessee. Katmai will demolish the vacant TennCare building, located at the intersection of Church Street and Rosa Parks Boulevard, to make way for the new Federal Courthouse. GSA also awarded a $3.2 million contract in July for design services to Michael Graves and Associates, Inc. and Thomas Miller & Partners, LLC as a joint venture.
“These contract awards mark important milestones in the delivery of the new federal courthouse in Nashville,” said Mike Goodwin, GSA’s Southeast Regional Commissioner for Public Buildings Service. “The demolition of the TennCare building will improve the safety of the site during the design phase. The award for the concept design sets forth a clear path for the eventual construction of the new federal courthouse. We are very pleased to continue our collaboration with the Judiciary and the City of Nashville for the delivery of this important federal asset.”
The designer is expected to complete a concept design by March 2017. GSA will, then, conduct a full-and-open competition to award a Design-Build contract. The Design-Builder will complete the design and construction. With a total estimated project cost of $193.5 million, the courthouse project is targeted for completion in Spring 2021.
The new U.S. Courthouse will allow the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee and court-related agencies presently located in the Estes Kefauver Federal Building and Annex to consolidate their operations in one location. Relocating to the new courthouse will improve efficiency and enhance security for court personnel and the general public.
The new courthouse will include eight courtrooms and 11 chambers to accommodate the Judiciary’s needs. Other court-related tenants will include the District Clerk, U.S. Probation Office, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Attorney’s Office and a U.S. Senate Office.
GSA plans to maintain the Kefauver Federal Building and Annex to provide office space for executive agencies that are currently located in leased space throughout Nashville.