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 U.S. courthouse and federal building is located in downtown Nashville. The courthouse features eight courtrooms and eleven judges’ chambers.  Sited on more than three acres, the complex includes underground parking and space to accommodate the 30-year needs of the court.  In fact, Nashville anticipates significant growth.  Therefore, the expansion capabilities of the facility are extensive.

The Fred D. Thompson U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building seamlessly blends classical and contemporary design.  This aesthetic symbolizes the past and future of downtown Nashville.  As an essential civic institution, the complex is also designed to stand out within its urban context.

The exterior is clad in all white materials to express the grandeur of the federal judiciary.  Largely comprised of glass, the entry and public area facades symbolize the openness and transparency of the U.S. judicial system. The primary façade features a grand apsidal curved wall that welcomes the public.  Once inside, the entry rotunda is both majestic and serves to orient visitors to their destination.  Jury suites are located within the towers to celebrate the role of the public in the judicial system.

Thompson US Courthouse + Federal Building

Award-Winning Design

  • Excellence in Construction Award (Mega Projects over $100 million), Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Tennessee, 2022
Thompson US Courthouse + Federal Building entry plaza

Sustainable by Design

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

SITES Case study