Bruce R. Thompson Courthouse and Federal Building
Address: 400 Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89501
Building Manager: Dean Mansfield
Building Management Office: Nevada Field Office
Primary Tenants: U.S. District Court, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services, Senator Heller, Senator Reid, Corporation for National Community Services
Parking: Street parking on adjacent streets; parking lot seven blocks away
Public Transportation: RTC transit bus stop in front of the building on Virginia Street
Public Building Hours: Monday through Friday (except federal holidays), 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Photo ID required to enter a federal facility. Vending machines and FedEx/UPS drop boxes located inside.
Completed in 1996, the Reno landmark features Sierra white granite used for the facade on the ground level. The upper floors are cast concrete colored to simulate the granite. Building Owners and Managers Association named it The Outstanding Building of the Year® (TOBY) - State Award - Federal Building Category in 2011. Bruce R. Thomson was a federal judge born in Nevada.
Art in Architecture: Perforated Object was inspired by an artifact discovered in 1936 in a excavation headed by anthropologist and archaeologist Robert F. Heizer, the artist's father. The original artifact unearthed in the Humboldt Cave nearly 100 miles southeast of Reno was carved from the horn of a bighorn sheep and "perforated" by 90 holes drilled through it. Created more than 1,500 years ago and left with the belongings of a Shoshone shaman, its purpose remains unknown. This modern interpretation of the original object is constructed of bridge building steel and is approximately 450 times larger in size. Michael Heizer, the artist, grew up visiting archaeological sites around the world.