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Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthou

450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Located in the Civic Center area of San Francisco, the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse serves as one of four courthouses for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. It houses many law enforcement and other court-related agencies, including the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The IRS operates a Tax Assistance Center in the south lobby, and the U.S. Passport Agency has one of its three California offices on the third floor.

Building Information

Property Manager: Jackie Peters

Public Hours: 6 a.m.– 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)

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

There is no parking available in the building for the general public. Public parking is available at garages and parking lots on Larkin Street, Turk Street, and the Civic Center off of McAlister Street. Metered street parking is nearby. Public transportation is available via BART and Muni.

Public Access

All public visitors are required to pass through electronic security equipment on the first floor. Valid government-issued photo identification must be presented. ADA access is available at the Turk Street and Golden Gate Avenue entrances to the building.

Key Tenants

Major tenants are the U.S. District Court, U.S. Marshals Service, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, IRS, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Federal Public Defender, U.S. Attorneys, Federal Protective Service, Federal Occupational Health, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Passport, U.S. Bankruptcy, and U.S. Trustees.

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Building Services

Amenities Open to Location Hours of Operation
450 Cafe Public 2nd floor M-F 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Midway Cafe Public 10th floor M-Th 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
F 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Vending Machines Public Basement 24/7
Provident Federal Credit Union/ATM Public 2nd floor M-F 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Post Office Public Basement M-F 1 to 5 p.m. (closed 3 to 3:15 p.m.)
Fitness Center Federal Employees Only 1st floor M-F 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Health Unit Federal Employees Only 2nd floor, hallway behind Cafe 450 M-F 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

History and Architecture

Finished in 1964 and named for a former U.S. Congressman, the 20-floor building occupies a full city block near San Francisco's Civic Center. The front plaza was redesigned in 2000. A new main entry was completed in 2005. It is the largest federal building in the San Francisco metropolitan area and west of the Mississippi River.


Design Awards, Citation for Landscape Architecture/Security, U.S. General Services Administration, 2000

Occupant Information

Access & Hours of Operation

The building is fully operational (lighting and HVAC services) from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding federal holidays. Tenants may access the building 24 hours a day/7 days a week including federal holidays. After-hours access is through the Turk Street entrance.


Security is provided during building hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. by the US Marshals Service Court Security Officers (CSOs). Security for after-hours and weekends is provided by guards under contract with the Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Program Directorate, Federal Protective Service (FPS). Uniformed FPS officers are on-site and regularly patrol the area around the building. Your help is needed; cooperation and awareness will help them do their job. Report any suspicious activity or emergency security concerns to the number listed below. For all emergency or security concerns, or if no guard is available please call FPS Denver Mega Center at 1-877-437-7411.

Joint Use/Shared Services

Standard services are commonly included as part of the rent charged by GSA as documented in the Occupancy Agreement. Reimbursable services are normally excluded from the rent and are funded through a Reimbursable Work Authorization (RWA). Examples include after-hours lighting, special or after-hours cleaning, office space carpet cleaning, uninterruptible power services, and non-standard trash removal.

Conference Rooms: Located on the second and seventh floors there are five joint-use conference rooms (Arizona, California, Hawai'i and Nevada) available for tenant use. The California and Nevada Rooms can be combined into one large conference room. All rooms have full projection capabilities, including audio.

On the second floor, we have:

  • Arizona Room - Max capacity: 80 people; Seated capacity: approx. 40 - 45 people depending on seat/table setup
  • California Room - Max capacity: 80 people; Seated capacity: approx. 40 - 45 people depending on seat/table setup
  • Hawai'i Room - Max capacity: 80 people; Seated capacity: approx. 40 - 45 people depending on seat/table setup
  • Nevada Room - Max capacity: 80 people; Seated capacity: approx. 40 - 45 people depending on seat/table setup
  • California & Nevada combined - Max capacity: 200 people; Seated capacity: approx. 90 people depending on seat/table setup

On the seventh floor, we have:

  • Conference Room 5290/5334 - Max capacity: approx. 26 people depending on seat/table setup

Rooms are available for building tenants from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding federal holidays on a first-come, first-served reservation basis at no cost. Use of rooms outside this time frame are possible through special arrangements with the GSA Property Manager and payment of overtime utility and security costs.

For reservations, please call the 450 Golden Gate Building Services desk at 415-436-7940

Building Operations

Maintenance & Service Requests: Please contact the GSA main line at 415-436-7940 during the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, for janitorial, HVAC, elevator, lighting, or any other service provided by GSA in our building.

Custodial Services: GSA provides cleaning for assigned space equal to commercial cleaning for similar space. The following services are standard: vacuuming, sweeping and dusting; emptying trash; servicing restrooms, lobbies, corridors, and other common areas; servicing loading docks and platforms; washing windows; and pest control. Carpet spot removal can be done on an as-needed basis. Overall shampooing is done as a reimbursable service and should take place on a regular basis to preserve the appearance and condition of the carpet.

Lighting/HVAC: Ten hours of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and lighting are provided at no additional cost during normal duty hours. Additional service outside this timeframe is available on a reimbursable basis with advanced notice to the GSA Field Office at 415-436-7940.

Utility Closets: Tenant and tenant vendor access to electrical and telephone closets can be obtained by contacting the operations and maintenance contractor at 415-436-7940. Please do not install equipment in these closets without first contacting the GSA Property Management Office.

Tenant Controlled Space Alteration: Space alterations should not be performed without first contacting the GSA Property Manager. GSA can provide alteration solutions to meet your needs. Alteration projects are normally funded through a Reimbursable Work Authorization (RWA). Also, it is building policy that work that might disrupt building tenants (e.g. paint fumes, construction noise, etc.) be accomplished after standard building operating hours.

Under the conditions above, if you are authorized to perform alterations within your space, you must adhere to all building-specific regulations with respect to contractor access, clearance procedures, and all other conditions governing general access and security controls relative to this building.

For any questions, please call the Property Manager 415-436-7940.

Miscellaneous Topics

Occupant Emergency Plan: As the lead tenant in this building, the U.S. District Court is responsible for creating and updating the Occupant Emergency Plan. Please address any questions to the designated official at 415-522-2044

Displays: Please do not post or display any material outside tenant space without first contacting the Property Manager at 415-436-7940. If you are planning displays, GSA will assist you in providing easels and in determining areas for the displays.

Personal Property: Please do not put surplus items in building common space (i.e., corridors, elevators, loading dock, etc.). Doing so may impede egress should the building need to be evacuated. GSA will be glad to advise you about excessing surplus property.

Loading Dock: The loading dock is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please be aware that mail and delivery trucks place heavy use on the dock in the morning about 9 a.m. and again in the afternoon about 3 p.m. Agencies scheduling deliveries or pickups at the basement loading dock are asked to obtain an authorization from the GSA Field Office at 415-436-7940. Authorizations are distributed to the building's security stations to allow for access to the area.

Deliveries: Before scheduling a delivery contact the GSA Property Manager for vehicle height and length restrictions at 415-436-7940.

Recycling: Tenants are encouraged to take advantage of the building-wide recycling program, which includes paper, glass bottles and jars, metal cans, plastic containers and cardboard. Any questions regarding recycling, please call the GSA Property Manager at 415-436-7940.