Construction to start next year on new federal courthouse

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A new federal courthouse is planned for this site in downtown Greenville, currently a parking lot.

Construction is scheduled to start next year on a new federal courthouse in downtown Greenville, according to the General Services Administration, the agency that handles office space for civilian employees of the federal government.

GSA plans to break ground on the long-planned courthouse in June of 2018, Elizabeth Andrews, a spokesperson for the agency, told UBJ. She said construction is expected to take two and a half years and the courthouse is tentatively scheduled to open in the early spring of 2021.

The 193,000-square-foot courthouse — to be named for former South Carolina Gov. Carroll A. Campbell Jr. — is planned on what is now a parking lot directly across East North Street from the Greenville County courthouse.

GSA paid a little more than $4 million for three privately owned parcels totaling 1.97 acres at the site, which is bounded by East North Street, North Irvine Street, East Coffee Street, and North Spring Street.

Andrews said the plans call for seven courtrooms, nine judges’ chambers, and offices for a federal prosecutor, federal public defender, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services System. The courthouse will also have a roof penthouse, 70 secured parking spaces inside, but no on-site public parking, she said.

Andrews said GSA planned to advertise a Request for Proposals (RFP) in mid-May and has scheduled a “pre-proposal conference” for May 25 at the Mauldin office of Jacobs Engineering Group (1041 East Butler Road), which has been hired as Construction Manager as Agent.

The federal budget for the project is between $72 million and $82 million, according to a pre-solicitation notice from GSA.

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