Hugo Black U.S. Federal Courthouse

Hugo Black U.S. Federal Courthouse- Birmingham, Alabama

This significant structure is located in downtown Birmingham and consists of a courthouse structure with an associated parking structure. The General Services Administration conducted a design team selection process through qualifications submittal, preliminary deisgn concept review and interview process. BHATE provided all the geotechnical and testing services.

The site of the Hugo Black Federal Court House is underlain by limestone formation which is subject to karst conditions with pinnacled rock and deep vertical slots. Due to the loading conditions the foundation was supported on drilled shafts. The parking structure is two levels below ground and required special drainage and dewatering procedures for the permanent system.