Robert F. Peckham Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
Address: 280 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Building Manager: Darin Nott
Building Management Office: Central California Field Office
Primary Tenants: U.S. District Court, Social Security Administration
Parking: Paid covered parking at the Second and San Carlos Street Garage
Public Transportation: Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Public Building Hours: Monday through Friday (except federal holidays), 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Photo ID required to enter a federal facility. Public entrance to the Social Security Administration office is in the adjoining three-story federal building.
Located in the Central Business District on prime real estate in downtown San Jose, the facility consists of two low-rise steel framed buildings with concrete exteriors connected by a canopy-covered courtyard. The canopy is constructed with large crystal prisms that catch and reflect rainbow hues into the courthouse lobbies.
The five-story courthouse is part of the United States District Court's Northern California district. It is the San Jose branch serving Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.
The building is named after the late Judge Peckham, a former chief district judge of the Northern District who helped pioneer use of legal means other than court trials to resolve disputes. The Northern District’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program took root under his leadership and has since become one of the most innovative and successful in the nation.