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An Ode to the Past

Anniston Federal Courthouse brings its heritage into the modern era

 

In December of 2018, BL Harbert was awarded a contract by the U.S. General Services Administration to design and build the new Anniston Federal Courthouse – the result of a true design-build team effort. With over 30 previous design-build projects together, BL Harbert and Page partnered to provide a design and construction solution that proved to be the best fit for the government. The team also included CBRE | Heery as Courts Designer, Christian and Associates a local Anniston Architect, as well as Thornton Tomasetti, Sain Associates and Building and Earth Sciences.

On a project like this, a lot of work is done designing and scheduling before the project is even awarded requiring the close collaboration of all firms. We value the partnerships we have developed and are excited to provide the city of Anniston and our federal government with a beautiful, functional facility that embraces the Downtown Anniston Historical District.

The architectural concept for the building grows directly out of the relationship between this new project and the existing early 1900s federal courthouse on Noble Street. The goal is to create a structure that is distinctive and new, but one that is also directly related to its distinguished historic context. Additionally, there will be a landscaped area on the south side of the courthouse that looks towards the Freedom Riders National Monument and provides a common area for groups visiting the monument. Once completed, the 63,000-square-foot courthouse will include two courtrooms, one for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama and the other for the Bankruptcy Court of Northern Alabama. The facility will also include workspace for the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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