John M. Roll U.S. Courthouse
Address: 98 West 1st Street, Yuma, AZ 85634
Building Manager: Buck Silveira
Building Management Office: Tucson Field Office
Primary Tenants: U.S. District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Probation Office, U.S. Pretrial Services
Parking: No visitor parking
Public Transportation: Yuma County Area Transit [a nongovernment website]
Public Building Hours: Monday through Friday (except federal holidays), 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Photo ID required to enter a federal facility.
Completed in 2013, the courthouse was honored for design excellence by the Design-Build Institute of America's Western Pacific Region. The courthouse was constructed on the Colorado River waterfront on a donated parcel of land.
The courthouse honors the late Chief District Judge for the District of Arizona, who served as a board member on the project’s source selection panel for the building’s design and strongly advocated for its location in Yuma. Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the courthouse houses two magistrate courtrooms, judges’ chambers, and jury facilities. It achieved LEED® Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in part for its dramatic solar canopy that supplies 25 percent of the building’s energy, use of locally sourced building materials, and water-saving features.
Art in Architecture: Maine-based artist John Bisbee's Lion Dandies sculpture continues his well-entrenched methodology of using 12" nail spikes to create his works of art. For the U.S. Courthouse in Yuma, Bisbee created a collection of 3-foot-diameter spheres stacked upon one another that fits naturally into the desert landscape. The metal orb sculpture made completely from iron railroad nails was designed to reflect Yuma’s historic ties to the railroad.