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Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, City officials cut ribbon to open ‘100-year’ City Hall

Published on May 21, 2024

City leaders hailed the new City Hall as a 100-year building designed to be more accommodating during a ribbon-cutting celebration held on the sidewalk outside the main entrance.

Located at 305 Fountain Circle, Huntsville’s new center of municipal government will bring departments that frequently interact with the public under one roof to provide efficient services for residents and businesspeople who previously had to visit multiple locations to conduct business with the City.

Today, we are turning a page in municipal government. We are proud to present the citizens of Huntsville a municipal building that will last us for the next 100 years. This is a building that is worthy of this community and our reputation as a modern, forward-thinking smart city.” — Mayor Tommy Battle

Through a collaboration with ArtsHuntsville, nine pieces of public art are displayed throughout the seven-floor building to enhance the community’s cultural experience. Each piece, through the artist’s interpretation, tells Huntsville’s story and spotlights characteristics that make the city unique.

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the City hosted an open house for attendees to explore the building and enjoy the art pieces. Learn more about Huntsville’s public art initiative in City Blog.

Mayor Tommy Battle, center, cuts the ribbon on the new city hall on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. He is joined by members of the Huntsville City Council and other city officials. The ribbon is blue. They are in front of the building.

Two-year construction project

The occasion marks the culmination of a two-year construction project that formally began with a groundbreaking ceremony on April 11, 2022. Mayor Battle announced that day that the former City Hall at 308 Fountain Circle would be razed, and the site added to Big Spring Park.

Through the design by architects Goodwyn Mills Cawood, the new City Hall enhances efficiency by consolidating City departments that had been working in seven different locations throughout the city.

“Goodwyn Mills Cawood worked with the City of Huntsville for years designing the new City Hall, and to have now arrived at the grand opening is truly a momentous occasion,” Goodwyn Mills Cawood CEO Jeffrey Brewer said. “It’s an exciting day to see the long-range vision for the new City Hall become a part of the Huntsville skyline. This facility is worthy of the dynamic city that is Huntsville, and we’re excited to celebrate this event with the City of Huntsville, Turner Construction and the community as a whole.”

Turner Construction Company worked as the general contractor for the building’s construction along with the adjacent seven-level City parking facility.

“Turner Construction is proud of its storied legacy in Huntsville and is honored to have worked as the general contractor on the new City Hall,” said Brendan McCormick, Turner Construction Vice President and General Manager. “It’s an iconic structure that will serve Huntsville into the 22nd century. We are proud of our outstanding partnership with the City of Huntsville and Goodwyn Mills Cawood that has produced a spectacular result, and we are eager to open the doors to the citizens of Huntsville.”

large crowd assembled outside large city hall buildingWith 184 seats, City Council Chambers will have twice the seating capacity and multiple video screens that will make it easier for those in attendance to view graphics during presentations.

“The unveiling of our new Council Chambers is particularly exciting for me, as it signifies not just a change in location, but a significant step forward in functionality for our City government,” City Council President David Little said. “As we embark on this new journey, I eagerly anticipate collaborating with my fellow council members and Mayor Battle to create an even brighter future for the City of Huntsville.”

City Hall by the numbers

169,781 square feet

21,300 cubic yards of concrete

1,976 tons of reinforced steel

500 craft/trade workers employed

332 collaborative employee workstations

184 seats in City Council Chambers

In Pictures: Photos from the Event

See More on City Hall in City Blog

Birds Eye View of City Hall – courtesy of Marty Sellers 

Watch the Grand Opening News Conference and Ribbon-Cutting