• Nashville Federal Courthouse
  • Nashville Federal Courthouse Southwest Corner
  • Nashville Federal Courthouse Rotunda
  • Nashville Federal Courthouse Courtroom Two

Fred D. Thompson U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building

Nashville, Tennessee275,000 SF / 25,548 SMCompletion 2021

The new U.S. Courthouse will blend classical and contemporary design to symbolize the permanence and transparency of the federal judicial system.

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    Courtrooms at the new Nashville Federal Courthouse


    Chambers in the new Nashville Federal Courthouse

Fentress Architects, in a bridging design-build contract with Hensel Phelps Construction Company, will advance and refine the courthouse’s original design by Michael Graves Architecture & Design to create a distinctive space that expresses the dignity and transparency of the judicial process. Upon completion in Spring 2021, the $194 million new Federal Courthouse will successfully consolidate the footprint of the court and court-related tenant agencies, while boasting a stately presence in downtown Nashville’s ever-changing urban context.

The six-story, 275,000-square-foot Courthouse is sited on more than three acres on Church Street in downtown Nashville. It will include underground parking, eight courtrooms, eleven judges’ chambers, and is targeted to meet LEED Gold and SITES Silver Certification. The site 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 will stand 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. 

The Fred D. Thompson U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building is part of Fentress’ growing portfolio of distinguished courthouse design across the United States and abroad, including the Huntsville U.S. Courthouse in Huntsville, Alabama (expected 2024), the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe, Kansas (expected 2021), Rush Hudson Limbaugh Sr. U.S. Courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Missouri (2006), the Norfolk Consolidated Courts Complex in Norfolk, Virginia (2013), the 1.36 million square foot Al-Farwania & Al-Jahra Court Complex in Kuwait City, Kuwait (2014), and the East County Hall of Justice in Dublin, California (2016).