NASHVILLE, TN - Bell & Associates Construction L.P. is pleased to announce the groundbreaking of the Rutherford County Judicial Center took place on Friday, March 4th at 116 West Lytle Street in downtown Murfreesboro. Bell is serving as the Construction Manager at Risk for the project and Gresham Smith and Partners is responsible for the design.
John Thayer, a Partner at Bell & Associates and the Project Executive for the new Judicial Center explains, “We began pursuing this project over two years ago and have been working with the owner and design team on preconstruction for the past year, so we’re really excited to have boots on the ground and get started with construction. I am a resident of downtown Murfreesboro myself, so being able to walk to the jobsite each day is something I’m really looking forward to.”
The new six-story building will replace the existing Judicial Building and expand its current capacity. The 200,000 square-foot Judicial Center will initially house 12 courtrooms with space for four more. The $73.9 million project includes the addition of a separate four-level parking garage with 360 available parking spots, located on the south side of Lytle Street between Maple and Walnut Streets.
According to County Mayor Ernest Burgess, the new Judicial Center will increase the safety of judges, clerks, law-enforcement officers and local citizens. Once the new center opens, county officials anticipate moving government departments into the existing Judicial Building. The new Judicial Center is scheduled to open by Summer 2018.