U.S. Courthouse, Minneapolis
300 S. Fourth St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Completed in 1997, the U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn., is home to both the U.S. District and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts. Standing 30 stories, the courthouse features a modern steel-frame and stone-face design and has won two GSA Design Excellence Awards for architecture and landscaping.
The 50,000 square foot plaza, designed by Martha Schwartz, features grass mounds planted with Jack Pines, which suggest the glacial drumlins common to Minnesota during the Ice Age. Whimsical bronze Rockman sculptures by Tom Otterness appear throughout the drumlins as part of GSA's Art in Architecture program.
Tim Scully and Denise McCormick
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Public Hours and Access The building is open to the public 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except federal holidays). All visitors must pass through electronic security on the first floor. Beyond the lobby security entrance, six passenger elevators service floors one through 15, while two additional passenger elevators in the southwest corner of the lobby serve the parking garage, lobby, and skyway levels. Elevators on the east side of the parking garage are operated by the City of Minneapolis and provide access to public parking on levels P3 and P4 and street access from the second floor skyway balcony on the east side of the building.
Key Tenants Besides GSA, the building houses the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, EPA, Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Attorneys, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, U.S. District Court of Minnesota (including Probation, Public Defender, and Pretrial Services), U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Secret Service, and U.S. Trustee Program. The latest customer satisfaction survey (2010) resulted in an 87% "more than satisfied" rating (four or five on a five-point scale.)
Transportation Approximately 300 municipal parking spaces on levels P3 and P4 are open to the public at daily parking rates (entrance on Third Avenue South). Limited metered street parking is also available near the building. Both public transportation systems, SouthWest Transit and Metro Transit, have stops within walking distance of the building, along with light-rail service to 17 stations between downtown Minneapolis and the Mall of America.
- Cafe with dine-in food delivery and dining area of 80. Additional seating on Skyway-level terrace, as well as private dining room - Lobby level -open to the public 7:00a.m.- 2:30 p.m., weekdays.
- Conference rooms (2) -Skyway level (Rm. 259) and the fifth floor (Rm. 509).
- Downtown Minneapolis Skyway system access to restaurants, theaters, hotels, shopping, and parking ramps.- Second floor access - Level P1 open between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays.
- Health unit with registered nurse and physician on duty during limited hours - Fifth floor - hours of operation: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Vending areas operated by the Minnesota State Service for the Blind - Second and fifth floor (Rm. 263 and Rm. 505).
Arts in Architecture
Rockman, by Tom Otterness, is a series of sculptures shaped like rocks, which are immersed in activities ranging from labor to recreation. They are scattered throughout the courthouse's lawn. The centerpiece of the installation is a 15-foot-tall "rockman" figure constructed of bronze.
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