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Albemarle County hires Fentress Architects for courts addition, renovation project

albemarle countyAlbemarle County has hired Fentress Architects to design and facilitate construction of the $45.2 million Courts Complex Addition and Renovations project.

The project includes renovations of the historic Circuit Court, renovations of the Levy Opera House building and a new General District Court that will house courtrooms and administrative operations for Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville.

“The Albemarle County Project Team and Selection Committee worked diligently to ensure that a caring, quality-driven architectural firm was selected to partner with Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville on this historic project for the greater community. At the end of the process, it was clear that Fentress Architects provided the experience, qualifications and care that is required to execute this project,” said Lance Stewart, director of facilities and environmental management.

“The City of Charlottesville participated in the selection process and strongly supported the decision to hire Fentress,” Charlottesville Deputy City Manager Paul Oberdorfer said.

“The County of Albemarle and City of Charlottesville are collaborating on their most significant project in a generation. Our goal is to create an impactful and sustainable architecture that honors the past, meets the current and future needs of the courts, and reflects the ideals of the American judicial process,” said Steve White, FAIA, principal-in-charge, Fentress Architects.

Architectural design services and construction facilitation will run through January 2025. The contract amount is $4,849,689.

Construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2022 and is anticipated to conclude in fall 2024.