James F. Battin US Courthouse

James F. Battin US Courthouse entry at dusk. Courtesy of Sean Airhart/NBBJ

Courtesy of Sean Airhart/NBBJ

General Information

2601 2nd Avenue North
Billings, MT 59101
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Hours of Operation:
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mon. - Fri., except holidays

Current Tenants:
U.S. Courts, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Probation Office, the United States Attorney’s Office, and GSA.

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The Billings U.S. Courthouse sits prominently downtown at 2601 2nd Avenue. The new building, completed in fall 2012, is a landmark facility in the Billings civic district.

The building’s exterior features a thick precast skin that reflects the buttes surrounding Billings. Built for function as well as aesthetics, the facade is super-insulated to save energy and heating costs by reducing air leakage. Surrounding the building stand natural stone blocks sentinels from the same sandstone material that forms the buttes.

Past the two-story atrium foyer, the building’s courtrooms are at the top of the building, representing the idea of “visible justice.” The building also features a terrace garden providing visitors a breath of fresh air in a peaceful place.

The courthouse encompasses 147,600 square feet on a 1.8-acre site near the center of the city of Billings. The courthouse includes three courtrooms, four chambers, and associated judicial support spaces. In addition, the facility includes the district offices for the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Probation Office, the United States Attorney’s Office, and General Services Administration (GSA).

Quality craftsmanship is evident in the interior finishes of the building which keeps four key design concepts in mind: federal expression, regionalism, visible justice, and high performance.  

In each of the courtrooms, salvaged stones from the previous building, the historic MDU Building, are incorporated as the feature wall behind the Judge's Bench creating a unique design.

Additionally, Western art is unmistakable throughout the offices, courtrooms and hallways. Brenna Tyler brings forth her appreciation and passion for horses through her 2012 sculptures of dried sage brush on wood bases titled “Mystic” and “Strength.”

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Building Manager Mike Buhman (information in upper right) or call 406-247-7580


  • Vending machines (drink and snack vending located on the second floor)
  • Roof garden (located off of the fourth floor courtroom lobby)
  • Bike racks (southeast corner of the building)
  • Snow melt system (located in the front entry ramp, front entry stairs and garage ramp)
  • Elevators

Green Features

One of GSA's "Smart Buildings," the courthouse also features:

  • Ground-source cooling
  • Heat recovery systems
  • Chilled beams
  • Windows with high efficiency ratios and glazing types and daylight harvesting schemes
  • Links to a national cloud-based energy monitoring and management system
  • Advanced metering
  • Significant upgrades to lighting controls

Art in Architecture Program

  • GSA's Art in Architecture program secured two artists for this courthouse including Monica Ponce de Leon, who will be contributing a sculpture, and Angela Babby, who will design stained glass. Both pieces of art are expected to be complete in 2014.


Last Reviewed 2015-07-28