Nashville’s stately new federal building is nearing completion.
Nearly three decades in the making, the Fred D. Thompson Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse is projected to be complete later this summer, according to the U.S. Department of General Services.
Named for the late actor and U.S. senator, the six-story white complex is nestled on nearly 3 acres at 719 Church St.
When completed, the 275,000-square-foot building will include eight courtrooms and 11 judges chambers, with space for several federal agencies and underground parking. It is designed to meet LEED gold and SITES silver certification standards.
The complex will house the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Probation, the U.S. attorney’s office, the General Services Administration and U.S. Senate offices.
Construction on the building began in June 2018. Today, the exterior facade is complete with panels and windows.
Inside, utility services including electricity, lighting, plumbing and elevators are being installed, the Department of General Services reports.
The building is a blend of contemporary and classic styles, designed in collaboration by Michael Graves Architecture and Design, Thomas Miller & Partners, and Fentress Architects.
According to the architects’ websites, the building’s white exterior symbolizes the grandeur of the federal judiciary, while glass facades at the entry celebrate the openness and transparency of the U.S. judicial system. Jury suites are located in stacked towers, celebrating the role of the public in the judicial system.
When complete, a landscaped courtyard will contain an art installation for pedestrians to experience as they walk along Church Street.