United States Courthouse, Hammond

Exterior full shot of the Hammond U.S. Courthouse with landscaping in foreground5400 Federal Plaza
Hammond, IN 46320
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The U.S. Courthouse in Hammond, Indiana, is located on a 6.9-acre site bound by the city's historic Hohman Avenue to the west, Clinton Street to the north, Lyman Avenue to the east, and East Douglas Street to the south. The building includes three District courtrooms (including one Special Proceeding) and two Magistrate and Bankruptcy courtrooms.

Completed in 2002, the building continues to receive awards for sustainable practices and tenant satisfaction, including the Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) 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. In fact, the building has won a local TOBY every year since 2008.

The Hammond Courthouse has also earned Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification in the category of Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance. In 2009 the courthouse was re-certified for its ENERGY STAR® rating with an improved score and was also certified by the Green Building Initiative's Green Globes program for environmental and energy efficiency. The sustainable landscaping of the courthouse grounds, managed by Master Gardener Rich Falzone, has even become home to several rare species of butterflies (see story and photos).

Property Managers: Rich Falzone and Fred Peller

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.

Public Hours: 7 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)

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. The latest (2013) GSA Tenant Satisfaction Survey resulted in an 86% "more than satisfied" rating (four or five on a five-point scale) with the building and GSA services.

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.

View of Dale Chihuly's Hammond Courthouse Installation in the lobby of Hammond Courthouse. Arts 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.

Last Reviewed 2015-06-22