A new rendering for Greenville’s new federal courthouse has been released, and the brick is gone.
The new design was released by the General Services Administration on Thursday and it no longer includes brick, a common material in downtown Greenville, which was included in previous designs.
The city’s Design Review Board, which typically has to approve the look of new buildings within the city’s central business district, will not have a say because the federal government is exempt.
Construction will begin next month. Groundbreaking for the project, which received initial funding all the way back in 2004, is expected to take place in April, according to the GSA, the agency that handles office space for civilian employees of the federal government.
The 193,000-square-foot facility — to be named for former South Carolina Gov. Carroll A. Campbell Jr. — will be 10 stories tall and contain seven courtrooms and chambers for nine judges. Other court-related tenants include the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and a federal public defender’s office.
In 2015, the GSA earmarked nearly $93 million for site preparation, design, and construction in its $947 million courthouse investment plan. An additional $11 million had been earmarked for the Greenville facility in 2004. In 2013, the federal government paid a little more than $4 million for the site bounded by East North Street, North Irvine Street, East Coffee Street, and North Spring Street.
Talk of a new federal courthouse in Greenville started in the late 1990s. The current courthouse, built in 1937, was too small, forcing many agencies to lease space in other locations.
When the new courthouse is completed, the Clement F. Haynsworth Federal Building will be utilized by the Court of Appeals and Bankruptcy Court as well as federal agencies currently located in leased space in the area.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC is the construction manager as constructor. HBRA Architects Inc. is the lead design architect.