Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse

Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse401 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
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Washington is a one-way street heading west, and 4th Avenue begins a one-way street at Washington heading south.

Property Manager: We are working to fill this vacant position.

Public Hours: 8 a.m.– 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays). Photo ID required to enter a federal facility.

For more building information or service calls, see contact information at top right (or by scrolling down on mobile devices). For other federal government information, call 1-800-FED-INFO.

Parking and Public Transportation

Metered and non-metered street parking is nearby. Public parking garages are directly across from the building. Public transportation is available via Valley Metro Rail [a nongovernment website].

Key Tenants

Major tenants are the U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, and U.S. Marshals Service.

Art in Architecture

Lens Ceiling by James CarpenterLight artist and designer James Carpenter diminishes the lines between his art and architecture education with Lens Ceiling. This precisely engineered and delicately realized work of art forms the perfect union with the grand and soaring atrium designed by architect Richard Meier in his signature monochrome style. Lens Ceiling appears to float like a bubble of air resting gently on the surface of water atop the glass cylindrical Special Proceedings Courtroom. It fulfills both functional and symbolic needs for the ceremonial courtroom. The public mezzanine has direct views into the courtroom, and the courtroom has views to the sky above. See more examples of Art in Architecture >

History and Architecture

Completed in 2000, the steel-and-glass building designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects makes impressive use of natural daylight.


Building Owners and Managers Association named it The Outstanding Building of the Year® (TOBY) - International Award - Federal Building Category in 2009.

  • Top Five Buildings for the 21st Century, USA Magazine, 2002
  • Design Awards, Citation for Graphic Design of the Tenant Guide, U.S. General Services Administration, 2002
  • Honor Award for Architecture, American Institute of Architects, 2002
  • Honor Award for Architecture, American Institute of Architects – Arizona Chapter, 2002
  • Design Awards, Honor Award for Architecture, U.S. General Services Administration, 2000
  • Platinum Award, New York Association of Consulting Engineers, 1999
  • Ten Most Significant Buildings for the New Millennium, Wall Street Journal, 1998
  • Design Awards, Citation for Engineering and Environmental Study, U.S. General Services Administration, 1998
  • Design Awards, Citation for Lens Ceiling, U.S. General Services Administration, 1998
  • Honor Award, American Institute of Architects – New York Chapter, 1997
  • Award, Progressive Architecture – 43rd Awards Program, 1996


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Last Reviewed 2016-07-01