New Federal Courthouse Coming to San Antonio

San Antonio, TX – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is set to begin work on a new U.S. Courthouse in San Antonio, TX. Construction plans have been in the works since the current court facilities were identified by the federal Judiciary as a top priority for replacement. This investment allows GSA to leverage the resources of our agency and the federal government as a whole to foster economic development in local communities where we operate.

“Funding for the new San Antonio courthouse is good for GSA, the Judiciary, and the city of San Antonio who will benefit from the jobs created to do the work,” said GSA Regional Administrator Sylvia Hernandez. “This project helps GSA support the federal courts and the American public they serve.”

The GSA plan allocates $132,581,000 for the construction of a new 305,000-square-foot U.S. Courthouse and inside parking spaces. This project received prior appropriations in FY 2004 and FY 2008 totaling $12,000,000.

The court currently occupies space in the John H. Wood, Jr. U.S. Courthouse (Wood CT), the Adrian A. Spears Judicial Training Center, and the Federal Building. The new courthouse will consolidate all of the district court into one facility, providing eight courtrooms and 13 chambers to accommodate 13 judges (two Court of Appeals, four active district, four senior, and three magistrate). Other court related tenants include the Federal Public Defender (Trial Prep), and U.S. Department of Justice (U.S. Marshals Service and Office of the U.S. Attorney (Trial Prep).

The Wood courthouse and the Spears Training Center will be transferred to the City of San Antonio in exchange for the former City Police Headquarters site, which is where the new U.S. courthouse will reside.

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees, and the congressional committees that authorize courthouse construction, must approve the investment plan before construction activities can begin. Solicitations for construction and others services will be posted on as project plans are finalized. Estimated costs, scopes and schedules are subject to change during the GSA procurement process.

All new courthouses and renovations will be completed in accordance with the U.S. Courts Design Guide, meet the 10-year space needs of the court and court-related agencies, and be consistent with the application of courtroom sharing policies.

Additional Resources

GSA Announces $947 Million Courthouse Investment Plan – GSA News Release (4/18/16)