Fred D. Thompson US Courthouse + Federal Building

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Classical and contemporary design blend to symbolize the permanence and transparency of the federal judicial system.

This new six-story Courthouse is sited on more than three acres in downtown Nashville. It includes underground parking, eight courtrooms, eleven judges’ chambers, and will accommodate the 30-year needs of the court, responding to downtown Nashville’s significant growth in new development.

The design seamlessly blends classical and contemporary design to symbolize the past and future of downtown Nashville.  Clad in all white to express the grandeur of the federal judiciary, the building stands out as an important institution in its urban context. Façades for the entry and public areas of the building will be glass to celebrate the openness and transparency of the United States’ democracy and judicial system. The primary façade is a grand apsidal curved wall with the entry rotunda at its center, establishing a welcoming entry for the public. Celebrating the role of the public in the judicial system, jury suites will be stacked as towers in the exterior massing. Building completion is expected summer 2021.

Award-Winning Design

  • Excellence in Construction Award (Mega Projects over $100 million), Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Tennessee, 2022

Sustainable by Design

Designed to LEED Gold BD+C v2009 and SITES Silver (certification pending)