United States Courthouse, Hammond
5400 Federal Plaza
Hammond, IN 46320
The U.S. Courthouse in Hammond, Indiana – located on a 6.9-acre site bound by the city's historic Hohman Avenue (west), Clinton Street (north), Lyman Avenue (east), and East Douglas Street (south) – includes three District courtrooms and two Magistrate and Bankruptcy courtrooms. The sustainable landscaping of the courthouse grounds, managed by Master Gardener Rich Falzone, is home to several rare species of butterflies (see story and photos).
Property Managers: Rich Falzone and Fred Peller
Public Hours: 7 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)
For more building information or service calls, contact one of the Hammond Courthouse property managers using the information in the top right box on this page. For other federal government information, call 1-800-FED-INFO.
Parking Free parking is available in the public parking lot to the east of the courthouse on Douglas Street.
Key Tenants The building provides space to accommodate the 10-year needs of the U.S. Courts and related federal agencies. In the latest (2015) GSA Tenant Satisfaction Survey, 95% of respondents gave a more than satisfied rating (four or five on a five-point scale) for the building and GSA services.
Awards Completed in 2002, the building has won several awards for sustainable practices and tenant satisfaction, including the Outstanding Building of the Year award in the Earth Category for suburban Chicagoland and a 360 Performance Award (both from the Building Owners and Managers Association) in 2010 and 2011. The courthouse has also earned Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification in the category of Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance and in 2009 was re-certified for its ENERGY STAR® rating with an improved score.
Architectural Features Facing east across the trees and open landscape, the building entrance is distinct and inviting. The horizontal emphasis of the attic story echoes the flat Midwest prairie. The exterior is built of limestone and pre-cast cladding over concrete block and metal stud back-up with aluminum windows. The courtrooms feature English brown-oak paneling and millwork, state-of-the-art audio/visual technology, and an innovative circular layout that places the witness stand at the center of the space between the judge and a curved, free-standing jury box.
Art in Architecture
Hammond Courthouse Installation by Dale Chihuly is a quartet of sculptures comprised of clusters of blown glass mounted on aluminum posts.
The shortcut for this page is www.gsa.gov/hammondct.